If someone mentions espionage, images of James Bond and slick spy gear may come to mind. Of course, if you are talking with us about corporate espionage consulting, we can tell you it’s a lot less exciting than that. Spying can be an innocent email from a “friend” but in actuality carries a nasty piece of spyware. It could also be as low-tech as a competitor hiring people to dumpster dive in your company trash. Not really the image of glamour and intrigue, but the results can be just as dangerous.
Stealing corporate secrets has several names such as “industrial espionage” or “economic espionage.” American companies play the spy game with each other, but many times the threat comes from companies overseas. The U.S. is known as a world-wide economic force. We attract the brightest minds and produce some of the newest products used globally. Other countries know this and want to get their hands on our intellectual property to gain a competitive advantage. In the past few years, the FBI has noticed a large jump in economic espionage with many threats coming from China. The goal can be stealing lucrative data or sabotaging the progress of a thriving U.S. business. Trade secrets are at a premium and it’s not tough to find people to do their dirty work. A skilled corporate espionage consulting team can be the best defense.
IMG Corporate Espionage Consultants Know Real Life Bad Guys Aren’t So Obvious
James Bond normally goes up against some wonderfully evil characters who are as unmistakable in their looks as they are in their behavior.
Such as Le Chiffre with the sinister glare and milky eye. Or Jaws who sports a full set of metal teeth which he relishes using. 007’s bad guys are easy to spot. In reality, most bad guys look more like your average accountant with a mocha latte stooped over in front of a computer. They are just normal people living what looks to be a “normal” life. As corporate espionage consultants, we have experts who are familiar with the more subdued behaviors of real corporate spies.
Corporate espionage can come in many forms. Maybe it’s vulnerable WAN spot found by a cyber hacker. It could be an outsider bribing high-level employees who have access to highly sensitive data. Sometimes the thief is a disgruntled employee taking company secrets home and searching for a buyer. Whether company leaders want to review their security processes, or find out why their ideas seem to be showing up at other companies, a corporate espionage consulting team can save time and money. Safeguarding intellectual property can be a full time job, learning where the breaches in security are located can help zero in on the problem. And if you suspect an employee is leaking company information, we can go undercover.
James Bond movies are a lot of fun and do well at the box office. Real spies looking to steal intellectual property can be a danger to business. If you need a secret service to catch a thief, call us for a corporate espionage consulting meeting.