Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Growing Prevalence of Industrial Espionage Threaten Automakers

According to Automotive News, industrial espionage in the United States has been steadily rising in multiple sectors. In fact, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) have opened 1,212 intellectual property rights cases for the 2011 fiscal year. Compared to 2009, cases have increased by nearly 66 percent. 

Given the high-octane environment that is the auto industry, cloak and dagger activities are especially prevalent. In particular, auto giants including GM, Ford and Toyota have endured stolen intellectual property more than most...

Addressing a need to prevent acts of espionage to continue, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive declared that countermeasures must be put in place due to the exponentially growing proliferation of smartphones and various mobile devices. (more)