STICKY FINGERS: Managing the Global Risk of Economic Espionage

“Steven Fink has done us all an invaluable service by examining in depth an important type of crisis, namely, economic espionage. Ideally, all top corporate executives would do well to read his book to be prepared to combat one of the most significant crises we face.”

--Ian Mitroff, Professor of Business Policy, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Southern California

"There is an old saying, 'Business is War,' and Sticky Fingers shows us just how true that is! It presents a sobering message to executives all across corporate America: Be proactive in mitigating your risks or others will be proactive in exploiting them!"

--Stephen BarishManager of Security Technology Solutions, Ernst & Young, LLP

From computer chips to potato chips, record labels to sticky labels, optical lasers to personal razors, intellectual property is widely recognized as the driving force behind America's success in the last century.  As the United States spends more money on research and development than any other nation in the world, it also makes the valuable trade secrets of U.S. companies lucrative, high-profile targets of economic espionage.

Economic espionage costs U.S. businesses more than $250 billion a year and is one of our nation's largest security threats since the end of the Cold War, according to the FBI.

In Sticky Fingers: Managing the Global Risk of Economic Espionage, internationally recognized crisis management expert Steven Fink offers a practical, eye-opening guide that shows companies how to prevent the huge economic losses of economic espionage before it happens -- as well as what to do if a company has already been victimized.  Whether your company is large or small, publicly traded or privately held, you can fight back to reduce your risk of having your trade secrets victimized, compromised or stolen, using the clear, pragmatic strategies Fink offers.

Sticky Fingers is filled with the latest and most up-to-date Economic Espionage cases, including:

  •     Avery Dennison/Four Pillars 
  •     Lucent Technologies 
  •      The Cleveland Clinic Foundation 
  •     Kodak 
  •     MasterCard 
  •     Bristol-Meyers Squibb/Taxol
  •     Gillette
  •     PPG Industries/Owens-Corning
  •     Idexx Laboratories 
  •     Solar Turbine 
  •     Deloitte &Touche 
  •     The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
  •     Intel 
  •     R.P. Scherer 

In addition to providing a critical look at the FBI and the Justice Department, the book provides rare insight into theft of trade secrets by employees and other company insiders. Learn the steps companies can take to reduce the internal and external risks of economic espionage.

Sticky Fingers also details:

  • A list of the top countries that spy on U.S. businesses
  • Why the biggest threat comes from within your own company -- and what to do about it
  • Cybercrimes -- from amateur hacking to professional "netspionage"
  • How to formulate a crisis communications plan
  • Pros and cons of dealing -- or not dealing -- with the FBI