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Counter Espionage 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 your personnel need to be adequately prepared when traveling to high-risk regions where it may be encountered.

We believe if your personnel travel abroad on behalf of your organisation it’s right to anticipate this issue and be prepared. Theft or misappropriation of trade secrets can go undetected, and the commercial costs to an organisation associated with incidence of industrial espionage can be significant and long term.

Industrial espionage includes theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, tender and contract negotiation material, theft of financial information, targeted corruption, and attempts to lure personnel into compromising situations for blackmail purposes. 

In some countries industrial espionage is state-sponsored, allowing intelligence services to target foreign businesses and personnel from the moment a visa application is submitted.  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.


Using an experienced team drawn from the UK government and security agencies, military, police and the National Crime Agency we have developed a one-day workshop aimed at raising awareness of personnel to these risks. The workshop is suitable for any personnel who travel abroad, particularly to hostile countries.

High Level Learning Objectives

  • Raising security awareness
  • Understanding the risks of industrial espionage
  • Understanding the tactics that may be deployed by foreign intelligence services
  • Understanding the measures that can be taken to reduce risk

Workshop Summary

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 these topics:

  • Industrial espionage and the tactics used
  • Social media profiling
  • Undertaking risk assessments
  • Counter espionage measures
  • Pre-deployment planning
  • Providing risk assessments
  • Staying under the radar
  • Securing data whilst travelling

Please contact us for a full training prospectus.