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Dark Side of Bitcoin

Author: Mario Bekes

Human kind has explored and conquered almost every meter of this planet and we witnessed the expansion of humanity, science, literacy, music and so many elements of our daily life that we almost exhausted the frontiers of exploration. Needless to say, that humanity is turning toward space and it looks like a natural path of human kind to reach other…

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What if Russia gains control over Ukraine?

Author: Mario Bekes

There is no historical evidence that an invading force can control a country and its citizens. The reason is very simple, no one likes to be invaded or to do what they are told, how to behave, live and work by invading forces. I know this first-hand from my time fighting the communist Yugoslavia forces in the Croatian War of…

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Understanding the value of Strategic Intelligence and Strategic Thinking

Author: Mario Bekes

The words tactical, operational and strategic appear in just about every corporate communication. In explaining what Strategic thinking/intelligence is, I want to clarify the major difference between tactical, operational and strategic intelligence. As a start, we should note that all the words derive from a military, not business or leadership perspective. Strategic intelligence represents a very important tool and the…

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The informant management plan

Author: Mario Bekes

Descriptions and definitions of who an informant is goes back centuries. In the past 100 years informants have become a necessity to the government sector to help solve cases which may never have been solved through applying conventional investigative methodologies and techniques. It is imperative to understand that informants are part of human intelligence operations and a proven method of…

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Who is the corporate informant?

Author: Mario Bekes

How often have we watched blockbuster movies where some of the main characters are labelled “informants”. Our thirst for information is insatiable, despite how easily we can access material at the click of a mouse. There is a big difference between accessing information on the net and getting information directly from an individual. Perhaps you will ask yourself, “I can…

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Working on planes is not smart – here’s why

Author: Mario Bekes

We are all dependent on portable devices for our work and our social lives. Using them in public settings, especially airports, planes and trains provides the perfect opportunity for criminals to access your information – and they don’t even need your passwords. Recent trips of mine have confirmed how the best cyber security arrangements count for once employees leave their…

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Social Media Platforms and Information Response

Author: Mario Bekes

Many of you will remember December 2010, when a Tunisian produce vendor set himself on fire and sparked what became known as the Arab Spring. The name stemmed from the ‘People’s Spring’ and ‘Prague Spring’ that described movements towards democracy, rather than the time of year per se. The success of the Arab uprising is often put down to the…

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Disinformation and Misinformation – the dark sides of information

Author: Mario Bekes

Mainstream media and social channels are awash with conversations and disagreements about misinformation and disinformation and what they are. The pandemic and Trump’s presidency have added considerable fuel to these debates. Definitions of disinformation and misinformation are easy to find. The important distinction between the two is the intent that sits behind them. Misinformation is the sharing or publishing of…

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Key Drivers influencing industrial and economic espionage

Author: Mario Bekes

During the Covid19 crisis, the typical workplace is no longer a company office, protected by technical, mechanical and physical security with access controls and an IT/cyber security manager physically sitting next to employees. In contrast, the workplace has become the kitchen table or spare room, with many of IT devices also being used by household family members, partners or kids.…

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Revising our Understanding of Industrial and Economic Espionage

Author: Mario Bekes

Economic and industrial espionage come from a different base, but their activities are similar. (Button, 2020) in his article quoted definitions from Wagner’ (Wagner, E.R., 2011) to explain and distinguish the differences between economic and industrial espionage: • “Economic espionage refers to targeting or acquiring trade secrets from domestic companies or government entities to knowingly benefit a foreign state’”. •…

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