A myriad of security vulnerabilities in the software and hardware we use today can be exploited by an attacker, any attacker. The knowledge necessary to successfully intercept your data and voice links and bug your computers is widespread and not limited to the intelligence apparatus. Consequently, the knowledge required can - at least in part - also easily be accessed by criminals trying to ‘transfer your wealth’ and competitors looking for your trade secrets. The temptation to use these easily accessible resources to the disadvantage of a rival company grows as global competition gets fiercer. Corporate espionage is nothing new, but since the dawn of the Internet Age the rules have changed. It is no longer necessary to be on-site to steal proprietary information. Cyberattacks today are cheap and attackers run a very low risk of getting caught, as attacks can be executed from anywhere in the world - an ideal breeding ground for criminal activities - and the consequences can be disastrous.
In Understanding Cyber Risk: Protecting your Corporate Assets the author provides a wealth of real world examples from diverse industries from all over the world on how company assets are attacked via the cyber world. The cases clearly show that every organization can fall victim to a cyberattack, regardless of the size or country of origin. He also offers specific advice on how to protect core assets and company secrets.
This book is essential reading for anyone interested in cyber security, and the use of cyberattacks in corporate espionage.
Table of Contents
1. Espionage: An underestimated matter 2. From competition to economic warfare 3. From old-school espionage to modern methods of attack 4. Economic and industrial espionage in the digital age 5. En route to the "spyproof" company
Thomas R. Koehler is a founding director of CE21 Consulting, which provides specialist consultancy support to clients throughout Europe, including major telecommunications providers, medium and large enterprises of various industries, government bodies and international organisations. Before founding CE21 in 2007, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Würzburg and subsequently launched two successful start-ups in the dawning of the Internet era. He is also on the supervisory board of Baliqa Invest AG, a company focusing on technology investments. Thomas is the author of several books highlighting the risks and opportunities of our connected world for both individuals and businesses. He is a regular media commentator on Internet and society and has appeared on television and radio.