Author(s): Horia Mircea Botos, Gheorghe Radu
Subject(s): Security and defense
Published by: National Institute for Intelligence Studies
Keywords: Intelligence; Counterintelligence; Business Intelligence; Business Counterintelligence; Russia

Summary/Abstract: Counterintelligence, as defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is an organized activity of an intelligence service designed to block an enemy's sources of information, to deceive the enemy, to prevent sabotage, and to gather political and military information. It protects against espionage, assassinations, etc. that might be done by a foreign agent. Likewise, when we think about business, the source of a country's wealth, Business Counterintelligence is an effort of an organization or country to protect its private and hypersensitive information from being unwantedly accessed.Intelligence refers to the information that supports decision making and sustains strategic developments. Thus counterintelligence is the information used to defend the company from another competitive business and all the implied tools and processes.Because of this, Competitive intelligence and Business Counterintelligence are considered sometimes synonymous, despite being different. Competitive intelligence is the gathering of information, whereas business counterintelligence is the protecting of the information against the CI efforts. So business counterintelligence represents the actions taken to limit the access of others to the sensitive and actionable information of the company.In this paper we will identify and structure the term of business counterintelligence and will present examples of such practices. We will try exemplifying the use of counterintelligence in the business sector by presenting, from a theoretical point of view, the Russian approaches on Western companies.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 17-18
  • Page Range: 165-174
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English