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Key Drivers influencing industrial and economic espionage

Author: Mario Bekes

By Mario Bekes   During the Covid19 crisis, the typical workplace is no longer a company office, protected by technical, mechanical and physical security with access controls and an IT/cyber security manager physically sitting next to employees. In contrast, the workplace has become the kitchen table or spare room, with... View Article


Revising our Understanding of Industrial and Economic Espionage

Author: Mario Bekes

By Mario Bekes   Economic and industrial espionage come from a different base, but their activities are similar. (Button, 2020) in his article quoted definitions from Wagner’ (Wagner, E.R., 2011) to explain and distinguish the differences between economic and industrial espionage: • “Economic espionage refers to targeting or acquiring trade... View Article


The Modus Operandi of Industrial and Economical Espionage

Author: Mario Bekes

  “The life of spies is to know, not to be known” George Herbert   A stolen recipe in ancient Greece led to one of the first cases of industrial espionage. This, and other historical precedents, are discussed in relation to contemporary industrial espionage by (Tarantola, A , 2020) who... View Article


Economic Espionage – Warp Speed in Crisis

Author: Mario Bekes

Organisations need to act now and prepare for the growing prevalence of economic espionage in Australia and the damage it causes. To understand what we mean by economic espionage, the FBI (2021) describe it as, “foreign power-sponsored or coordinated intelligence activity” while ASIO (2021) define it as, “Espionage is the... View Article


Communication and Information Warfare

Author: Mario Bekes

We know advertisers and politicians try to persuade us to believe a certain viewpoint. The power of communication as a type of warfare is often undervalued. Influencing your ‘enemy’ is a key part of winning any battle. Being able to analyse misinformation has become a critical skill for armies, businesses... View Article


Your world as you know it is over

Your world as you know it is over

Author: Mario Bekes

We can argue and discuss how life, business and social interactions were in the Pre-COVID world, however, none of this changes the fact that the world we know is over and we need to refocus our activity on positive things. To enable us to continue to go about our daily... View Article


Creating a perfect economic strategy with information and Intelligence

Author: Mario Bekes

Corporations strive to be successful in their chosen markets. Trying to win the hearts and minds of consumers is a relentless, on-going battle that can be both costly and exhausting. Organisations can learn from military strategists and use information to develop successful economic strategies. There are plenty of examples from... View Article


Understanding of Communism and Intelligence Services

Author: Mario Bekes

Western and communist countries have had very different approaches to intelligence gathering over the years. The fundamental difference is that the communist approach starts with childhood education and intelligence service secrecy. Western countries on the other hand are far more open in how its population is educated and the plans... View Article


Changing the narrative, combating social media manipulation

Author: Mario Bekes

The iconic image of the Man vs Tank taken on the morning of 5 June 1989 in Tiananmen Square, Beijing is cited as a major catalyst to the subsequent profound impacts of social media. This was an image that led to media organisations openly supporting a revolution by oppressed people.... View Article


The Controlled Chaos Strategy

Author: Mario Bekes and Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray

“Separate to live, unite to fight” Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821 One glance at social media today will yield countless claims from people with purported privileged knowledge of, or control over, the silver bullet for success. Snake oil solutions though they may be, they are useful as demonstrative exemplars of broader tendencies... View Article