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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Lake Press (March 20 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098859191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988591912
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #663,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A marvelous book! ... The most handy, the most accessible 'how-to' book to be aware of the threats that we're facing. --Frank Gaffney, Secure Freedom Radio

The author really knows [his] stuff ... He covers all aspects of locking down your business information ... I have a new appreciation of the 'leakiness' of my electronic devices ... [An] easy read -- this one is immediately useful. --Reg Nordman,

An indispensable and authoritative companion for every business traveler engaging in overseas business activities. --Dr. Joshua Sinai, The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International 

Book Description

Each business day, some 35,000 executives, scientists, consultants and lawyers pass through the nation's airports to destinations across the globe. They carry, along with proprietary documents and computer files, the latest in personal electronic gear. Their goal is to further their interests, improve their bottom line, engage in transactions with foreign partners and maintain their competitive advantage. That describes one side of what has become, along with terrorism, the biggest threat to the economies of free nations since the Cold War. On the other side, carefully watching most of those travelers, beginning the moment they arrive at the airport and often sooner, are uncounted numbers of espionage operatives. These individuals work for foreign intelligence services and economic concerns. They, too, are pursuing a goal: to separate international business travelers from their trade secrets. To succeed, they use many time-tested techniques to lure unsuspecting travelers into vulnerable or compromising positions. They also employ the latest electronic means to steal business information often at a distance from their prey. This is the 21st century, after all, and economic and industrial espionage have become multi-billion-dollar enterprises, utilizing a wide array of the most sophisticated means to obtain proprietary information. Luke Bencie is a veteran of this struggle. He knows intimately the threats business travelers face and how to combat those threats. In Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler, Bencie provides everything you need to know to protect yourself and your company from attempted espionage. In these times, you can't afford to be without this important resource.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting July 15 2013
By Nick - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Who knew being a businessman was so dangerous? Each page opened up new insights into the dangers of international business travel which, unless you have served as an intelligence collector in the CIA, you would have little idea how to thwart. The informal (and witty) language makes it a fun read, but it is very informative as well. Highly recommended for business travelers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Solid Information May 21 2013
By Vladimir - Published on
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So interesting and easy to read that I couldn't stop reading, with concise descriptions and information of danger zones and things to not do when traveling in order to protect business data from espionage. The book is crammed full of good suggestions.

If you travel at all, you need this book even if you don't have any intellectual property to protect. It's got plenty of examples of situations and how to avoid them, such as preventing theft at airports, crossing borders with a laptop computer, hotel thefts, room bugging, along with relevant war stories in counter-intelligence. It will sensitize you to be on guard when encountering overly friendly strangers in foreign nations by describing signs that you are being "recruited", or a target. You will discover how amazingly easy it is to lose proprietary information and secret data by inattention to details.

This is one of those rare books that I make a core part of my business library, because it is that good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent situational awareness guidance March 19 2014
By DJ - Published on
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"Among Enemies " is a must read for anyone traveling internationally, but is equally applicable for domestic travel, or even a trip to the neighborhood market. We all have a personal responsibility for the safety/security of ourselves, our loved ones, and the business IP that we are entrusted with. Remembering Rule No 1 should become automatic for all of us as it applies to criminal elements around us everyday as well as international espionage scenarios. The book is full of practical instruction and excellent real-world examples/ teaching moments. The author's experience and expertise is evident on each page. I am reading it a second time, outlining key points as a reference/study tool so that they become instinctual and practiced everyday.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vindictive Action April 25 2014
By Martin TI - Published on
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When traveling you have to stay alert. You may have been targeted without even knowing it. Learn to tell the signs. Read this book. Spies, thieves and stalkers can easily recruit staff working at cafes, hotels, airports, restaurants or buss-stations. You may be drugged at the cafe and then robbed in your hotel room. Some taxi drivers may be in on it too. Lots of freelancing con-men and surplus spies around. They often work in groups. Be aware, that in some places police officers, health care workers, military personnel, public servants, staff at pharmacies and even firemen may be helping the criminals. Recommended reading for all business travelers carrying sensitive business information or intellectual property. Government agencies have control over wireless networks in airports and big hotels whereas freelancing industrial spies and con-men may have hotel staff, taxi drivers or others on their payroll. Stalker-T.I's may find the book useful too since gang-stalkers play spies... According to the book industrial-espionage is a crime that goes almost unnoticed. The same is true of organized-stalking. Both are invisible crimes that the police or media rarely pick up on. By the way, the writer has some interesting advice on how to behave when being stalked by industrial spies or con-men: Don't ever try to out-smart them. If you do, they will make the rest of your business-trip a nightmare. (They become vindictive if the Target tries to reveal them). And - from then on - they will undermine your business-dealings in every way they possibly can. Pretend you don't know they are spying on you and take precautions. For instance, never leave your electronic devices or passport out of sight. This is a highly readable book with hands-on advice. (The writer is a former FBI industrial and economic espionage expert)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Essential Reading for Any Traveler July 15 2013
By Joe - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must-read for any business traveler. It's a quick, easy read broken up into easily accessible chapters. It provides valuable insight into the world around us. I would have never thought that we could be so vulnerable while traveling abroad. Furthermore, there are fantastic anecdotes from Mr. Bencie's years of experience that make the book an enjoyable and educational read.

I would certainly suggest this to any fellow traveler, business or personal.