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Free test to help businesses fight industrial espionage

New free online test aimed at small and medium-sized companies identifies their resilience to industrial espionage attacks.
The EspionageTest being launched on 23 August 2016 is a test designed to identify the security strengths and weaknesses of businesses.

Publiceret: 19.08.2016
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The EspionageTest is the name of a newly developed free online test designed to reveal whether businesses are vulnerable to industrial espionage. 

“The test is designed to provide an immediate picture of a business’s strengths and weaknesses. It provides a picture of the business’s challenges and the areas that need strengthening. The test looks at digital security, employee behaviour, culture and physical security,” says Senior Consultant Christine Jøker Lohmann from the Confederation of Danish Industry who is a member of the project steering group.

Employee behaviour and technology are tested

The test, which has been financed by the Danish Industry Foundation and developed by the intelligence and security firm CERTA Intelligence & Security, requires businesses to answer questions covering all areas of security and tests both technology and employee behaviour.

In each area, businesses will be told how they score in terms of security and will be given specific tips and recommendations on how to improve or develop suitable protection against espionage. 

“Everything carries a risk. Businesses introducing new technology, expanding, moving abroad, recruiting new employees and dismissing old ones. All this may pose a risk. That is why it is important that they are given a tool to assess levels of risk and threat and develop applicable security,” says Christine Jøker Lohmann from the Confederation of Danish Industry.

No one wants to be Fort Knox

Among the businesses that have taken the EspionageTest is Dinex, a company on the island of Funen that manufactures and develops exhaust products and emission systems. The increased public awareness of hacking and industrial espionage as well as a wish to protect critical business information made the company from the city of Middelfart realise that information security is vital.

“Our products are based on knowhow and technology that is developed in-house. That is why we wanted to become even better at protecting our knowhow,” says Group HR Manager Kathrine Korsholm Jeppesen from Dinex. 

According to Dinex, the test was easy and it took about an hour and a half to complete.

Security can be improved

“The results did not surprise us. We have a good feeling for where we are, but the test helped us to break down the areas in which we can do even better,” says Kathrine Korsholm Jeppesen.

The EspionageTest has given Dinex an overview of where they currently are in terms of security and an idea of where they want to be in the future. Dinex is a global company with factories in China, the United States and the EU. On the basis of the test, the company will be launching a project in October to secure their knowhow going forward.

“Our aim is not to be Fort Knox. We want our security to become even better and we need to be prepared. Industrial espionage is becoming an increasing threat. We wanted to use this test to find a balance between sharing our knowhow with our employees and protecting our knowledge from unauthorised third parties,” says Kathrine Korsholm Jeppesen.
 

The EspionageTest
Launching on 23 August 2016
The EspionageTest will be freely available to all Danish businesses.
The test will be launched as part of a security seminar organised by the Confederation of Danish Industry. In addition to the presentation of the EspionageTest, the event will feature various talks on what employees can do to secure their business. Three organisations will be talking about their experiences with crisis management plans and explaining how their crisis management is organised.
The EspionageTest has been financed by the Danish Industry Foundation and developed by the intelligence and security firm CERTA in partnership with the Confederation of Danish Industry, among others.
The test is designed to provide an immediate picture of a business’s strengths and weaknesses.
SENIOR CONSULTANT CHRISTINE JØKER LOHMANN, THE CONFEDERATION OF DANISH INDUSTRY
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PUBLISHED: 8/19/2016 LAST MODIFIED: 2/11/2017