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Protection against industrial espionage

  • Our topics – Facts to know

    Our topics – Facts to know

    Counter-espionage is one of the domestic intelligence services’ core competences. The experiences gained in this context and the methodical expertise are the basis for our work in the field of economic security.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: February 2017
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  • Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

    Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

    This concept refers to connecting product development, production, logistics and customers in a smart way. The driving force behind this development is the rapidly increasing digitisation of the economy and society, which already has a lasting effect on the way companies work.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: January 2017
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  • Business trips – Security when travelling abroad

    Business trips – Security when travelling abroad

    Opening up new markets in other countries provides a whole lot of economic opportunities to companies. However, numerous security risks go hand in hand with these opportunities.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: March 2016
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  • Electronic-attacks – Threats to Information and Communication

    Electronic-attacks – Threats to Information and Communication

    Due to ever more sophisticated technologies, electronic attacks have become a massive threat to IT systems, communication structures and data.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: March 2016
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  • Focus on science – Threats to Research and Teaching

    Focus on science – Threats to Research and Teaching

    Innovations of German universities and research institutes characterise the German scientific landscape worldwide. Besides, they are a key pillar for the German economy's international success. Therefore, they are a coveted target of espionage for competitors and intelligence services of foreign states.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: March 2016
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  • Humans as a security gap – Dangerous insiders

    Humans as a security gap – Dangerous insiders

    The risk of falling victim to a loss of know-how due to insiders is significantly underestimated by most companies.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: March 2016
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  • Know-how security – Identify Assess Protect

    Know-how security – Identify Assess Protect

    There is existential know-how relevant for competition in every part of a company, and it is an asset worth protecting regardless of workforce size.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: March 2016
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  • Social Engineering – Obtaining information by social manipulation

    Social Engineering – Obtaining information by social manipulation

    The term "Social Engineering" refers to a situation where an attacker tries to take advantage of human weaknesses with the purpose of obtaining specific information. The attacker's intention is to acquire sensitive data through seemingly insignificant information.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: March 2016
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  • Staff selection – Loyalty for increased security

    Staff selection – Loyalty for increased security

    On all company levels, staff members have professional expertise which has to be protected, and which intelligence services or competitors can only get access to with the help of these staff members.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: March 2016
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  • Visitor management – Dealing with visitors and external personnel

    Visitor management – Dealing with visitors and external personnel

    An efficient visitor management is of crucial importance to the protection of know-how. It i.a. regulates the entry and exit controls, rights of access, items taken in or out of the company, and the keeping of visitor records and badges.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: March 2016
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  • Social media – Risks posed by social networks

    Social media – Risks posed by social networks

    The Internet has considerably changed many people's everyday behaviour. Social networks as modern communication platforms have become enormously popular. All over the world, millions of people exchange information on their hobbies, common interests, or even work aspects via networks such as Facebook or Xing.

    Editor: BfV (German federal domestic intelligence service) for the community of the domestic intelligence services of the Federation and the federal states
    Date of information: March 2016
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Anti-terrorist Hotline: +49(0)221/ 792-3366

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Publications

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2018
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How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

DOI: March 2018
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2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2017
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Our topics – Facts to know

Our topics – Facts to know

DOI: January 2017
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Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

DOI: January 2017
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Social media – Risks posed by social networks

Social media – Risks posed by social networks

DOI: March 2016
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