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Topic: ECONOMIC ESPIONAGE
Running Head: ECONOMIC ESPIONAGE
1. Three Key Dimensions of Economic Espionage
Industrial and economic espionage is a phenomenon that is not new in the trading
business. Since each company, nation, and individual seeks to gain a competitive edge, it is
evident that they might overstep legal boundaries thereby committing crimes that lean more on
trade secret theft. In chapter one of ‘Economic Espionage and Industrial Spying’ by Hedieh
Nasheri three key dimensions of economic theft are introduced. These aspects include
intellectual property rights, proprietary information and use of information systems/computers.
According to Nasheri, these three dimensions are a representation of the most common channels
for economic espionage in today’s world which is increasingly interconnected. Areas which
previously barred any access are becoming accessible to unauthorized persons with access to
computers. The uses of computers are opened companies, organizations, trading entities, and
nations to the criminals targeting to obtain sensitive and confidential information. New linkages
to networks and the internet are weak points for the companies because they serve as loopholes
for hacking into the systems despite the availability of firewalls.
On the other hand, the proprietary information presented the confidential trade secrets
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