The FBI estimates that every year billions of dollars worth of business are lost to competitors who steal trade secrets and technology from U.S. businesses. If your company hosts visitors from foreign-based companies, you are at even greater risk.
Executive offices, Board Rooms, Conference Rooms, laboratories, Human Resources Departments, Executive Assistants, Corporate Attorneys, Finance Departments, and telephone systems and switches are all high-value targets for eavesdroppers.
Examples of information sought by spies includes:
- Proprietary formulas and processes
- Prototypes and blueprints
- Technical components and plans
- Confidential documents
- Employee Data
- Manufacturing plans
- Equipment specifications
- Vendor information
- Customer data
- Negotiation strategies
- Sales forecasts
- Pricing strategies
- Corporate strategies
- Marketing strategies
- Acquisition strategies
- Budget estimates/expenditures
- Corporate financial data
- Investment data
The theft of your Intellectual Property could result in:
- Lost revenue
- Lost employment
- Damaged reputation
- Health and safety concerns from counterfeit products
- Lost investment in R&D
- Delays or interruptions in production
In addition to these warning signs, other events that may indicate that a TSCM examination (bug sweep) is called for include:
- New Construction/Remodeling-an ideal time for an adversary to install a device
- Termination of an employee
- Corporate Mergers
- Media Attention
- Activists/Domestic Terrorism
- High Level Meetings-either at your offices or at an offsite location such as a hotel.
Make it as difficult as possible for competitors to steal your information by having regular TSCM examinations performed by Northport Security. We are available to provide TSCM services at your facilities in the United States or abroad.
The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets
As part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the growing economic espionage threat, the FBI has released a short video, "The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets." Based on an actual case, the video illustrates how one company was targeted by foreign actors and what the FBI did to help.