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Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler Hardcover – Mar 20 2013
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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, RocketBuilders.com
An indispensable and authoritative companion for every business traveler engaging in overseas business activities. --Dr. Joshua Sinai, The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International
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.See all Product Description
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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.
I have been a police officer in Washington DC and Intelligence Specialist in the Navy and feel I have heightened situational awareness. However, after reading this book I have found when it comes to safeguarding myself from threats and the intellectural property I coveted while I travel that I had many deficiencies. This book was a real world how to book that has educated me and my entire family to eliminate those deficiencies.
Terrorism is real and unfortunately still among us as we have seen with the Boston Marathon and as a society we all must be vigilante while we travel CONUS and OCONUS. This book really stresses vigilance and counter-measures when faced with espionage. A must read!