- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Prima Lifestyles; New edition edition (January 20, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761518096
- ISBN-13: 978-0761518099
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,238,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Corporate Espionage: What It Is, Why It's Happening in Your Company, What You Must Do About It Paperback – January 20, 1999
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Are You Vulnerable to Prying Eyes?
From the Inside Flap
day, Ira Winkler stole a billion dollars' worth of information from a leading corporation. Then he gave it back. That's his job. Companies pay him top dollar to expose the weaknesses of their own information security. This is how they learn from their mistakes. Now you can, too.
The Christian Science Monitor and USA Weekend have compared Mr. Winkler to a modern-day James Bond. The real-life case histories he shares here read like spy thrillers, but they serve a larger purpose: They uncover what you need to know to protect your documents and your company from prying eyes.
Learn how to bulletproof your business with the secrets from this former National Security Agency expert. If your company has anything of value, you can't afford to ignore the lessons in this fascinating book.
"The most comprehensive current work on corporate espionage available."
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The structure of "Corporate Espionage" is ideal, with Winkler discussing espionage concepts, followed by case studies and countermeasures. It almost reads like a manual, and an effective one at that. Winkler worked at NSA for 10 years ---where paranoia is a way of life--- so it is no surprise that he is good at what he does, and that he takes a very methodical approach to handling security issues.
This book divided into three sections.
Part one discusses basic espionage concepts and your companay's 'risk equation.' Spies don't care about the form in which the information they seek comes. It can be from a computer, formal or draft documents, scrap paper or internal correspondence. Aside from domestic spies, there are an estimated 100+ nations that are currently engaging in espionage against US companies. Risk level is determined by Threat x Vulnerability x Value / Countermeasures.
Part two contains case studies to show how a breach occurs. One study concerns William Geade and how he stole over a billion dollars worth of information from AMD and Intel. Another study includes the author himself, who hired in (under cover) as a temp at NCC in 1995. Within 2 days Mr. Winkler had compromised 28 of the 29 top development projects exposing many breach points.
Part three is titled 'What You Can Do' and goes over many effective countermeasures that you can employ right now. It is jam packed with many ideas, most of them simple, that will tighten your security. Countermeasures are broken down into four areas: Operations, Personell, Physical and Techincal.
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Winkler can be a bit melodramatic at times, but overall, Corporate Espionage is a great book.