The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course is the solution for protecting your organization's secrets

According to an annual Congressional report on espionage, "the United States private sector is seen as an irresistible 'soft target' for foreign intelligence collectors."

As today's business environment has become globally interconnected, foreign intelligence activities have extended beyond traditional targets in the Intelligence Community and other US national security structures. Hostile intelligence services, as well as private collectors, now target a wide variety of unclassified/classified information and technologies in a range of sectors. Although cyber threats are increasingly pervasive, most collectors still employ more traditional espionage practices when targeting international business travelers.


Unfortunately, most business travelers are untrained, and thus unprepared, to handle even the most common espionage tactics, such as:

  • Elicitation
  • Bribery
  • Blackmail
  • Extortion
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Electronic Exploitation
  • Physical Surveillance
  • Hotel/Office Covert Intrusions

Protect yourself and your company's vital secrets with an intelligent solution... 
- The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course



Course Content

This highly informative course will open your employees' eyes to how vulnerable intellectual property actually is while traveling, and the lengths to which others will go to undercut your organization.

A small sample of the topics covered include:

  • Economic vs. Industrial Espionage
  • Foreign Intelligence Collection Methods
  • How to Recognize Elicitation and Recruiting Techniques
  • Operational Security (OPSEC) Awareness
  • Communication Security (COMSEC) Awareness
  • Data Attack and Intrusion Methodologies
  • How to become an "Invisible Traveler"
  • Surveillance Detection Techniques
  • Plus much more…

Target Audience

The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course is perfect for organizations with international operations and/or employees who travel overseas and are responsible for:

  • Research and Development
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Logistics
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Human Resources
  • Executive Decision Making

Course Overview

The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course is a two-day seminar designed to educate those individuals in your organization who may become targets of espionage, whether knowingly or unknowingly, from an economic competitor or a hostile intelligence service.

Two SMI instructors will facilitate the training, using a combination of lectures, case studies, videos, group exercises, and one-on-one elicitation scenarios.


SMI Managing Director, Luke Bencie, wrote an essential book for every business traveler, Among Enemies: Counter Espionage for the Business TravelerAmong Enemies: Counter Espionage for the Business Traveler.




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