Title: Stealing corporate secrets using open source intelligence (the practitioner's view)

Authors: David Lilburn Watson

Addresses: Forensic Computing Ltd., Georgia House, 3 Nelson Street, Ryde, IOW PO33 2EZ, UK

Abstract: Historically, paper-based secrets have been protected by staff classifying them for levels of confidentiality that dictates their handling. Whilst this is predominantly government-led, information classification is also applicable in the private sector. With the move to collaboration between organisations and the use of computers, this has become more difficult. Many secrets are unwittingly made available through different media and are there if one knows where to look for them. This paper scratches the surface of open source intelligence.

Keywords: open source intelligence; OSINT; corporate espionage; competitive intelligence; corporate secrets; confidentiality; electronic security; e-security.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESDF.2007.013593

International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 2007 Vol.1 No.1, pp.71 - 75

Published online: 09 May 2007 *

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