In the 2016 movie, “Snowden” former National Security Agency intelligence contractor Edward Snowden uncovers massive amounts of illegally obtained data assembled to track digital communications from foreign governments, terrorist groups and ordinary Americans. For many, the biographical political thriller was a wakeup call. For those in risk management and information security, it reaffirmed what we probably already knew or suspected — that many different entities around the globe know quite a bit about where we work and live and our daily habits.
For corporate businesses, information protection is critical and the risks and threats keep changing. Now, the theft of information and intelligence is increasingly gathered on U.S. companies from foreign entities that use the results for a variety of different types of what is now called economic espionage.