Corporate Espionage: What It Is, Why It's Happening in Your Company, What You Must Do About It

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9780761508403: Corporate Espionage: What It Is, Why It's Happening in Your Company, What You Must Do About It

There is widespread misconception in America that industrial espionage is a high-tech crime perpetrated by slick James Bond types or genius computer hackers -- not true! Every year millions of companies lose billions of dollars because their valuable information leaks out through ordinary people and simple, preventable methods.In his new book, Corporate Espionage, information security expert Ira Winkler reveals how he stole billions of dollars in sensitive information from a large corporation in a day and a half while they didn't even know he was inside. Of course he then gave back the information because the target was his client and its executives were paying him to execute a penetration test. But what might really alarm companies is the fact that Winkler steals most of his information by simply asking for it, looking on desk tops, digging through trash, walking into unlocked offices at night or reading internal newsletters that reveal too much. Corporate Espionage instructs companies how to break bad habits and protect themselves from espionage. Readers catch an inside look at:Step-by-step details of foreign and domestic case studies involving KGB agents, the Japanese, German, China, Cuban and Israeli government, and losses from Intel, Boeing, and other major corporations and banksAn interview with the former director of the CIAWhy companies must consider their own employees as the most deadly of all spiesWhy and which apparently friendly countries are the most actively engaged in espionage against the United StatesWhere and how Russia, Germany, Chinese and other major intelligence agencies recruit their agents

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Ira Winkler, a former analyst with the National Security Agency, contends that American companies lose billions of dollars each year through preventable information leaks. In Corporate Espionage, he shows how much of it is pilfered by unremarkable efforts--looking at memos, sifting through trash, peeking on desktops, or simply asking for it--and provides some advice to stop it. Additional highlights include a variety of illuminating anecdotes and an enlightening look at international subterfuge.

About the Author:

Ira Winkler is a former analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA)—considered to be the most secretive of U.S. intelligence agencies. Now, as a consultant on information security and director of technology of the National Computer Security Association, he simulates and investigates industrial espionage and computer-related crimes. He has been called a "modern-day James Bond" by major publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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