Dr. Kevin Desouza will present on Covert Competitive Intelligence Operations: How have breaches and penetrations occurred and what can be done to build more robust security and counter-intelligence programs on Wednesday June 28, 2006.
Covert Competitive Intelligence Operations
Prior to accepting a position in academia, Dr. Desouza was involved in several dozen engagements with private organizations in the area of competitive intelligence. The majority of these assignments tested the viability of the security measures organizations used to detect and counter intelligence operations by their adversaries. To his dismay, he was surprised to see how easy it was to penetrate organizations. Most of the time, these penetrations did not involve the use of sophisticated techniques of information security breaches by sabotaging computer networks or electronic data stores. Instead, most of them involved commonsense and exploitation of human nature.
In this presentation, he will focus on a subset of these cases to highlight the nature of covert competitive intelligence operations, specifically focusing on the operations that involve human penetration of organizations. The issue of electronic (or technical) penetration, such as hacking into corporate information systems or databases, sabotages to corporate websites, etc. will not be covered. He will present actual cases of covert competitive intelligence operations and also methods to use to prevent falling prey to such penetrations.
Dr. Desouza, Our Speaker
Kevin C. Desouza is on the faculty of the Information School at the University of Washington. He is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Innovation Management (I3M) and is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, both housed at the University of Washington. His immediate past position was the Director of the Institute for Engaged Business Research, a think-tank of the Engaged Enterprise, a strategy consulting firm with expertise in the areas of knowledge management, crisis management, strategic deployment of information systems, and government and competitive intelligence assignments. He has authored Managing Knowledge with Artificial Intelligence (Quorum Books, 2002), co-authored The Outsourcing Handbook (Kogan Page, 2006), Managing Information in Complex Organizations (M.E. Sharpe, 2005) and Engaged Knowledge Management (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and edited New Frontiers of Knowledge Management (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). His most recent book is currently in press - Agile Information Systems - to be published by Butterworth Heinemann (2006). In addition, he has published over 100 articles in prestigious practitioner and academic journals. His work has also been featured by a number of publications such as the Washington Internet Daily, Computerworld, KM Review, and Human Resource Management International Digest. Dr. Desouza has advised major international corporations and government organizations on strategic management issues ranging from knowledge management, to competitive intelligence, and crisis management. Dr. Desouza is frequently an invited speaker on a number of cutting-edge business and technology topics for national and international, industry and academic audiences. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was a speaker at SCIP05. Dr. Dr. Desouza is working on his new book - Securing your Crown Jewels.
The meeting will begin at 6 PM with a short networking session with a light meal. The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM. We will leave some time for individual discussions and networking after the presentations and wrap up by 8:30 PM.
Microsoft is hosting this event at its Waltham, MA office. SCIP will meet in conference room B at 201 Jones Rd. You can park underneath the building and walk around to the front entrance.
From the East or West, take the Mass Pike (I-90) to exit 15 which is I-95/Rt. 128. Go North one exit to Exit 26 (Route 20). Continue below.
From the North or South, take I-95/Rt. 128 to Exit 26 (Route 20). Continue below.
For all attendees, take Exit 26 onto Rt. 20. Follow Route 20 East through first stoplight. Take next left turn on Stow Street (following signs for Route 117). Take left at Main Street (Route 117 West) stoplight, and then take second left onto Jones Road at the blinking yellow light. Waltham Weston Corporate Center is located at the end of Jones Road (201 Jones Road). For more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/info/usaoffices/newengland/waltham.mspx.
A light meal will be served.
The fee for SCIP members is $35 and the charge for non-members is $45. Cancellations received after Monday June 26 will not be refunded. No-shows will be billed. To register, please visit www.scip.org, then click on:
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