Basically, the term industrial espionage can be divided into two areas.
First, there is the so-called industrial espionage, which is a state-sponsored spying, which usually emanates from foreign intelligence services. On the other hand, there is also competition espionage. These include espionage actions carried out by private companies, usually aimed at giving themselves a competitive advantage.
In most cases, the focus of competition espionage is the procurement of third-party know-how.
Due to the progressive digitization in the company environment, today’s perpetrators mainly act via the Internet. Especially the interface between the company network and the Internet often serves as an entry point for hackers.