Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cyberespionage: You’re Not Paranoid, Someone Is Spying on Your Company

It's time for all of your counter-espionage tools to work together.

By now you, your peers, and your board should have accepted that cyberespionage is real, active, and not going away. Whether it is a customer or competitor, country or criminal, someone wants to know a lot more about you. They could be looking for intellectual property to steal, product or inventory details to strengthen their negotiating position, customer information to use or sell, or hundreds of other items. Their goal could be getting a better price, gaining a competitive advantage, disrupting your efforts, stealing your customers, or something equally as nefarious.
People have been watching your company from the outside for a long time. They may have even tried to get inside to sneak a peek at your secrets, posing as a customer, employee, or potential investor. And you were probably doing similar things to try to get inside the heads of your competitors, suppliers, or customers – all legally, of course.
The difference is that now there are more people, with access to more technology, trying to get inside. The worst part is that they will not necessarily be brazen about it, either. They may not go screaming from the rooftops about what they have stolen, or post the data on a darknet website. They may keep it to themselves and use the information carefully to keep you unaware, like the Enigma decoders in World War II, so you will not even know that you have been compromised.

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