The Integrity News
Vol. XII No. 19
"objective risk management services"
June 12, 2003
Using cell phones, PDAs, and other hand-
held devices to quickly take and transmit
pictures sounds great. However, realize
that these devices are now banned in many
companies because of their ability to make
Industrial Espionage very easy.
Company security directors have realized that the
ease with which pictures can be taken and transmitted
is a vulnerability that they must control.
Commercial advantage is often based on the secrecy
surrounding certain information. Confidential or
proprietary property is key to many companies. That
information can be the appearance of a new design, a
marketing list, a copy of financial information, a new
logo, a blueprint, a customer list, a new color scheme,
or any number of other closely held things that can be
secretly transmitted using pictures.
Don't be fooled into thinking that these new devices can
only take and transmit "family photo" type pictures.
With the proper add-on lens, these devices are as
capable as any other spy camera.
Also, realize that as people come to your company for
meetings, they probably are carrying one of the most
efficient eavesdropping bugs that can be used to monitor
and facilitate the recording of their conversations. This
is the common cell phone, or digital mobile. Many
brands do not even have to be switched on to be used as
a bugging and transmission device.
As the economy rebounds, time will be of the essence.
Stealing ideas and information will be one way that
crooks buy time. The espionage can be committed by
visitors or your employees. This brief article is meant
to make you aware that you have one more thing to be
Use this link to review the list of
10 Key Employee Crimes.
If you would like to discuss how to screen your candidates
for the potential of Industrial Sabotage, just call
The Integrity Center at (972) 484-6140.