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Corporate espionage

Asset protection

Electronic espionage

 

Background

Defending against electronic espionage

In the challenging global economy, intellectual property and information assets are a valuable commodity. Although there has always been a threat, the sponsorship of, and temptation to commit, espionage to target technology and commercial trade secrets has never been higher. The threat is real and happening, and it isn’t just a Government problem. Espionage can be sponsored and realised on multiple fronts, some of which may not always be obvious.

These can include: hackers, pressure groups, foreign intelligence services, terrorists, disaffected/dishonest employees, investigative journalists, organised crime groups, fraudsters, competitors, contractors (e.g. cleaners), executives on overseas travel (hotels, bars, clubs, airports), or graduates from emerging markets.

Do you know what extent you are exposed to the espionage threat?

Deloitte has extensive experience in assisting executives identify, assess and manage risk. Our UK team of over 100 specialists work with organisations to undertake threat and risk assessments across the whole spectrum of risk including identifying the extent and dealing with the espionage threat. Our UK team is a member of key information exchanges with the UK Government’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) as well as a number of our specialists being accredited by CESG, part of GCHQ.

Furthermore, Deloitte has the largest fully integrated HR capability in the UK, with a dedicated team who look at the ‘insider’ threat, helping clients deal with the policies and procedures, including take on of staff, contractors and graduates who could try to use their access to an organisation for unauthorised purposes.

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