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Quiet Threat: Fighting Industrial Espionage in America

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Ronald L. Mendell
Date Published
206 pages
This book is written for American security professionals as a history lesson or a discussion of security doctrine, and its intent is to offer clear plans for action in dealing with industrial espionage in a business environment that is fluid, mobile, and information-rich.
Over the centuries, industrial espionage has evolved as a craft that remains persistent in its threat against America. American security professionals must fully understand the techniques of industrial espionage in order to combat it. This book focuses on the similarity of industrial spycraft through time with examples from Anglo-American history to give readers a real sense of how industrial spies are persistent and clever in circumventing defenses, as well as impart the idea that industrial espionage creates paradoxes rather than straightforward easy solutions. The chief mission is to create new warriors against a quiet threat. The book is divided into 10 chapters. Chapters 1 and 4 cover observation techniques. Chapters 2 and 5 cover knowledge techniques, such as competitive technical intelligence, and patent analysis. All the perspectives of power and politics in industrial spying are examined in chapters 1 and 6. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 relate the origins of industrial spying in England and America. Chapter 7 discusses the traditional countermeasures that form the basis of American industrial security doctrine. Chapters 8 and 9 present supplemental methods to physical security. The text concludes with a discussion on investigating industrial espionage (IE) cases. Notes, master checklist, chronology, and references