Of course, not all your company knowledge is appropriate to make public. You're privy to proprietary information that you could unintentionally expose, compromising your company's work and eroding its competitive advantage. Are you mindful of the valuable information you give away?
Protecting your company's information — practicing counterintelligence — presents an increasing challenge. Despite the opportunity cost, counterintelligence and data-leakage assessments remain inadequately addressed at many corporations. Further, most attention focuses on cybersecurity/digital threats, but analog/human data leakage is more widespread and harder to prevent. Most U.S. C-suite leaders (84%) identified employee negligence as their biggest information security risk, according to Shred-It's 2018 State of the Industry: Information Security report.
Competitive-intelligence collection that targets your company can have real business consequences. To understand your role in protecting your company's information, consider the relationship among proprietary information, competitive intelligence and counterintelligence.
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