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Historically, economic espionage has been leveled mainly at defense-related and high-tech industries. But recent FBI cases have shown that no industry, large or small, is immune. So says the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.
To raise awareness of the issue, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center launched a campaign and released a short film aimed at educating anyone with a trade secret about the threat and how they can help mitigate it. Based on an actual case, The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets illustrates how one US company was targeted by foreign actors and how that company worked with the FBI.
You can also hear corporate executives from US multi-nationals DuPont and Lockheed Martin discuss the importance of protecting trade secrets.
The Bureau says that while it is not a new threat, it is a growing one, and the theft attempts by foreign competitors and adversaries are becoming more brazen and more varied in approach.
To view, visit the FBI website – https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015/july/economic-espionage.