Business counterintelligence awareness briefing

October 2003 News & Events

TSCM Services is hosting a business counterintelligence awareness briefing on 29 October 2003 in Midrand. The briefing will cover the scope of the information theft problem, possible indicators of espionage and business intelligence operations, the situation in South Africa, trade craft and how to integrate counterintelligence with a company's security programme. Case studies (local and international) will be discussed.

Counterintelligence is necessary in an organised manner to protect a company's information and secrets. Competitors and corporate spies can make use of legal/ethical, unethical and illegal information gathering techniques or a combination of these techniques to gather business secrets.

Competitors do not all abide by an ethics code and many misrepresent them or break laws to get information about their competitors. The danger of corporate intelligence is often underestimated as most of the time there are no overt signs or indications of the attack against a company, making it difficult to spot.

Corporate counterintelligence is the reverse form of business espionage and business intelligence. It could also be described as the 'other side of the intelligence coin' and its main purpose is to protect business information.

Register on-line under 'events' at

For more information contact Steve Whitehead, TSCM Services, 012 664 3157,,

"The actual fight requires a change of philosophy. Twentieth-century security doctrine held a static conception for protection. 'Hunker down' behind defences of locks, fences, guards and alarm systems, was the prime directive. But in a world of portable information with the Internet, laptops, pocket PCs and cellular devices, the traditional security perimeter becomes an illusion."

(R.L. Mendell - Security Management - April 2003)

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