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Counter Corporate Espionage Training for Business Travellers

Corporate espionage is on the increase and counter measures need to be taken by businesses more now than during the Cold War. Any international organisation has the potential to be exposed to the risk of industrial espionage, and personnel need to be adequately prepared when traveling to high-risk regions where it may be encountered.

Phone calls may be intercepted, hotel rooms eavesdropped or covertly searched, sensitive commercial or personal documents copied, and computers and mobile devices tampered with.

Hostile intelligence services also deploy personnel trained in elicitation techniques to subtly engage with people of interest to them in places such as hotels, restaurants or business functions.

Through our one-day workshop we have worked with our clients to raise awareness of the security risks to personnel traveling overseas, whether on business or to attended conferences and exhibitions. 

One-day workshop

This one-day workshop provides delegates with a sound understanding of the potential risks faced when travelling abroad and provides a practical framework for safer travel. The workshop comprises facilitated discussion and practical exercises and includes the following topics:

Industrial espionage and the methodologies used – Understanding the methodologies used by foreign intelligence services and hostile competitors including undertaking surveillance and technical surveillance, covert elicitation and social engineering.

Travelling under the radar – The principle of becoming the “grey person” to lower the likelihood of drawing attention of the authorities.

Counter and anti-surveillance – The methods that can be used to detect and to evade hostile surveillance.

Social media profiling – The use of the Internet and social media is a part of everyday life. The digital footprint left behind and the personal data made available online is often used by criminals or organisations with hostile intent to profile personnel looking for weaknesses they can exploit.

Undertaking threat assessments – Threat assessments are a key part of the process of identifying the potential risks that will vary country by country.

Counter espionage measures – Once the threats have been identified mitigating steps can be taken to minimise the risk of corporate espionage, and some simple, easy to follow measures can make a big difference.