Why You Need an Industrial Espionage & Insider Threats Program
These days, businesses have to deal with a constantly increasing number of insider threats in cyber security that many are neither equipped to deal with nor sometimes even capable of recognizing. Industrial espionage is real. Adversaries, such as foreign intelligence services, criminals, and private sector spies, have routinely taken efforts in attempts to break through corporate defense walls on all levels. With the increased integration and mutual dependencies that exist between the industry as a whole and individual businesses, it is unavoidable that vulnerabilities of one entity open doors to the complete network of all industry participants. In the end, access to information on intellectual property, trade secrets, and technological developments help adversaries penetrate the foundations of the nation’s economy alongside jeopardizing individual businesses.
Industrial espionage is not a new concept; however, the new avenue of pursuing their objectives in the cyber environment increases complexities in counting and requires the involvement of more resources and implementation of new measures. It is very common that espionage actors target individual businesses via inside elements (employees, contractors, vendors) and exploit them as portals to critical data. Nefarious insiders’ authorized access or insider knowledge of critical assets offers them opportunities to compromise information, sabotage infrastructure, and inflict other harm. Another complication comes from the intents of committing insider crime. The driving factors can range from a personal dissatisfaction with the employer to a nation-level espionage ring; incorrectly distinguishing between them can have serious consequences for the business or even the nation.
Unfortunately, the majority of businesses are not ready to withstand industrial espionage and protect their assets on the proper level. Corporate IT and security personnel are typically neither trained on these issues nor held responsible for ensuring that the appropriate monitoring and defense mechanisms are in place. That’s when a company requires expert assistance from real professionals such as MBS Techservices.