Counterintelligence Investigations & Training

Counterintelligence Investigations

Intelligence is being used against you. Right now. Understand it with Counterintelligence Investigations

Aurora GPS helps organizations understand the ways their competitors are using intelligence techniques through Counterintelligence Investigations. Generally, those efforts fall into three categories: The methods your competitors are using to collect intelligence, defending your organization from those efforts, and turning that collection apparatus back on its source. Counterintelligence investigations are a critical piece of your intelligence efforts – it is unwise to assume your competitors are not watching you as carefully (or more so) than you watch them.

  • Demystify intelligence collection efforts aimed at your company
  • Defend your organization against intelligence collection efforts
  • Increase the likelihood that your competitors will misinterpret the information they collect

Business Outcomes You Can Expect from Counterintelligence Investigations


  • Close off leaks within your organization
  • Protect valuable insider information including financial data, business plans and trade secrets
  • Learn your competitors priorities by understanding what they are looking for in your organization
  • Stay on the right side of legal and moral codes by conducting these investigations with all ethical due diligence

Counterintelligence Investigations Mission Portfolio: Food Ingredients Manufacturer One Step Behind


A large food ingredients manufacturer seemed to always be one step behind its competitors. Bluntly, its competitors seemed to know more about their strategies, tactics and plans better than its executives. Clearly, its competition was doing a better job with its intelligence services. The organization asked Aurora GPS to help it understand how these intelligence services worked and what it could do differently to protect its own insider information.

Aurora GPS used a variety of techniques to understand the situation – personal interviews, purposely planted information, and publicly shared data. The organization had poor internal controls on insider information. Employees did not clearly understand the difference, and therefore were unable to effectively protect sensitive data from even the most basic intelligence collection techniques.

With these findings, the organization instituted company-wide training programs designed to educate its employees on the nature of insider versus outsider information, as well as the common ways its competitors would hope to gather that information. Safeguards were put in place, including a specific hotline that all unusual inbound inquiries went to that was staffed by personnel trained in counterintelligence.

Three ways to engage with Aurora GPS for Counterintelligence Investigations:

Engagement Level 1: Counterintelligence Investigations Basics
Choose this option if you are interested in basic training on the ways your competitors likely are trying to understand your organization. That knowledge will help you protect against it.


Approximate timeline: 30 days


Engagement Level 2: Counterintelligence Investigations Screening
When knowing how it’s done isn’t enough, engage Aurora GPS to dissect the actual methods employed against you – as well as what to do about it.


Approximate timeline: 8-12 weeks


Engagement Level 3: Ongoing Counterintelligence Investigations
Just as you conduct your own intelligence activities on an ongoing basis, you should view protecting yourself in the same light. Aurora GPS will help you continually monitor ever-changing competitive intelligence techniques used against your organization.


Approximate timeline: Ongoing