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The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course *Tentative*

June 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT



Today’s business environment is globally connected. As a result, intelligence activities have grown beyond basic military and diplomatic objectives. In a world of foreign intelligence services, hostile nations and private collectors, everyone now targets both classified and unclassified information and technology across every sector. And while cyber threats grab headlines, traditional methods are still preferred by most collectors when targeting business travelers.

Ever since Luke Bencie published the book Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler, this follow-on course of the same name has been a favorite of savvy clients for nearly a decade. This one-day seminar is designed to educate those in your organization who may fall victim to espionage, whether knowingly or unknowingly.

This highly valuable course – which is taught be former intelligence officers and updated regularly to adjust to the latest espionage techniques – demonstrates just how vulnerable your employees and their intellectual property actually are while abroad, and the lengths to which competitors and foreign governments will got to undercut your organization. A small sample of topics covered includes:

  • Economic vs. Industrial Espionage
  • Foreign Intelligence Collection Methods
  • Recognizing Elicitation and Recruitment
  • Hotel and Transportation Security
  • Communications Security (COMSEC) Awareness
  • Data Attack and Intrusion
  • Surveillance Detection Techniques

This is the ideal course for organizations with international operations or employees who travel overseas.

The lessons learned in the Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course pay for themselves, possibly saving your company millions of dollars in terms of lost intellectual property, legal fees, and lost profit and market share.


Students should walk-away from this one-day training with a better grasp of the following learning objectives:

  • How to better protect their intellectual property and business intelligence
  • A clearer understanding of how and why corporate espionage is so prevalent
  • An increased sense of awareness to the world around them


During the course, each student will receive a course manual, as well as a copy of the book Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler.


The curriculum is built around the concept of practical application through lecture, multi-media presentations, case studies and role-playing exercises. A sample of the course content includes, but is certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Welcome and Administrative
  • Hostile Travel and Security Awareness
  • Espionage and Business Intelligence Threats
  • Communication Security and Cyber Vulnerabilities
  • Surveillance and Surveillance Detection
  • Technical Surveillance Countermeasures
  • The Art of War for Business Travelers


It’s like going to spy school for the day!
– DOD Member

My eyes have been opened to the frequency and lengths that hostile foreign intelligence agencies will go to collect on American businesses. However, I feel more prepared than ever to protect my company’s IP.
– Fortune 500 International Business Development Rep

Overwhelming but fun… could have easily done another couple days of training due to the amount of information
– Defense contractor


Q: Is the course accredited and recognized?
A: The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course is recognized by ASIS-International, the largest security governing body in the world, and provides students with 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Q: Will I receive some type of certification upon completion of the course?
A: Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Q: What is the dress code?
A: Dress is business casual and jeans are acceptable as well.

Q: Do I need to bring a computer?
A: No, only if you want to bring one for taking notes.

Q: What do the practical exercise entail, and will we be outside of the classroom at any time?
A: Practical exercises include role-playing elicitation exercises with classmates and instructors and a group tabletop exercise. No need to stress about public speaking, we got you covered.

Q: Where should I stay if I am traveling from out of town and is there a hotel discount?
A: It is recommended that students stay in the Tysons Corner area and there is a discounted hotel rate at the Tysons Marriott if you mention that you’re part of the “SMI Course”.

Q: Are meals included?
A: Meals are not included however, there will be coffee and pastries in the morning, as well as coffee and snacks (cookies, power bars, etc.) in the afternoon.

Q: What time will we end class in the afternoon and how long is the drive to the airport at that time?
A: We will end promptly, if not before, 4pm. The drive time to Washington Reagan Airport (DCA) is approximately 40 minutes at that time of day. The drive time to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately 30 minutes at that time of day. The drive time to Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) can be between 75 minutes and 2 hours at that time of day.

Q: How can I pay for the course?
A: There are three ways to pay for the course: credit card (though this website), check (made out to Security Management International) or by bank wire (call for wiring instructions).

Q: I am a US Government employee who is approved for the course however I don’t have the funding released yet… can I pay later?
A: Yes, for USG personnel we do understand budget acquisition challenges… in certain cases we can permit you to attend the course and then submit payment later.


June 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm




Tysons Corner Hilton Garden Inn
8301 Boone Blvd
Vienna, VA 22182 United States
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