There are studies that show corporate crime as decreasing (at least in Europe), although many would argue that most real corporate “crimes” are seemingly unpunishable, given the fact that almost no one has gone to jail for the banking and other financial debacles still occurring in Europe, the US and elsewhere around the globe. Theoretically, modern international standards dealing with bribery and other forms of (punishable) corporate crime have helped to clean up corporations and their activities to a degree over the past decade, or so.
But one thing that no one seems to disagree on is the fact that corporate spying is on the increase, and we’re not just talking about the recent controversies involving the NSA and governments lurking around company’s databases and communications.
Threats From Within
Aside from whatever potential damage international governmental spying on companies might cause, there is a growing threat from inside corporations. The spy might actually be an employee selling secrets, rather than an outsider trying to hack their way into a company’s information networks.
One of the things that is very frightening to employers is the fact that the sharing or selling of corporate secrets can be very difficult to detect. An employee who is spying for someone else could be the worst type of threat, since they may have the kind of insider information and understanding of potential vulnerabilities that would be nearly impossible to gain through hacking or typical surveillance methods.
In an age where technological superiority and new advances are increasingly important to companies’ bottom lines and profit margins, there is more to protect and more at stake than ever before. Leaks and information theft can destroy a firm’s competitive edge, and employers are looking for ways to minimize the potential for these things to occur.
Fighting Fire With Fire
One of the strategies for combating the potential threat of spying from within a company is for employers to install spy phone software onto smartphones and tablets given to employees. With mobile monitoring software, such as Highster Mobile, employers can track their worker’s online activities and even their whereabouts. Mobile spy software packages are able to reveal who an employer is talking to, what information they may be sharing - including photos and video content - while also tracking the worker’s movements while on the clock.
This may not be enough to completely deter corporate spying conducted by an employee but it gives companies a powerful tool for at least maintaining a good first line of defense.