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Industrial Espionage: Keeping an Eye on the Quiet Guy

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
May 8, 2018 | 15:44 GMT
In this photograph, a man works at his computer in an office. Companies need to guard against industrial espionage by one-hit wonders and low-key spies.

As companies guard against insider threats, they need to remember that the low-key spy can do as much damage as the one who makes a splash.

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When it comes to industrial espionage, "one-hit wonders" -- employees such as Chelsea Manning or Reality Winner who take valuable proprietary information to a competitor, the media or a foreign government -- are just half of the equation. Companies also need to remember the threat of low-key spies on staff...

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