Spotting Corporate Espionage
Corporate espionage is more common than many of us would like to believe. However, most companies never report it because they don’t want to appear vulnerable. In reality, special agents are everywhere, working beside us every day. These agents can do serious damage to your company.
Special agents often position themselves where they will have access to critical information. Although special agents are specially trained to blend in with the office environment, there are some telltale signs that your co-worker or employer might have a secret agenda. In order to locate an agent, you need to be able to think like an officer. Start by looking at the people in your office that have access to secrets.
Spies in the Workplace
Although agents are trained to be discreet, they do make mistakes. These errors eventually lead to their discovery. Typically, the general public does not have the intelligence or counter-intelligence training necessary to spot these mistakes or anomalies.
In order to expose a secret agent, you need to fully investigate their personal and professional life. You need to uncover and verify any personal information that could leave them vulnerable to coercion.
Spotting Secret Agents
Secret agents are selected for their ability to blend in. These individuals are generally not charismatic or flashy. They are chosen because they are easily overlooked. Secret agents in upper management will frequently reward inefficient workers. This technique is designed to reduce morale in the workplace.
Secret agents don’t take short cuts or make quick decisions. Instead, they insist on doing everything through “channels”. They might talk constantly while you are trying to work, telling long, elaborate stories.
It’s important to keep in mind that secret agents have received extensive training and know how to avoid suspicion and detection. Most of these spies go unnoticed for years. In fact, only a handful of secret agents are discovered every year.
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