Economic espionage is a pretty serious issue.
According to the FBI, in 2015 there have already been two serious incidents where criminals came disturbingly close to stealing multimillion dollar US technologies. Specifically, according to the FBI:
- In May 2015, two Chinese professors were charged with economic espionage for their suspected roles in a “long-running effort to obtain US trade secrets for the benefit of universities and companies controlled by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).”
- In January 2015, a “highly-skilled computer science engineer” was arrested for his alleged part in an operation designed to steal sensitive trade secrets from two of his former employers ― a trading firm in New Jersey and a Chicago-based financial firm. The FBI estimates the crime could have cost the victims $US12.2 million.
Clearly feeling the close calls aren’t enough to get businesses and workers aware of the threat, the FBI made a movie detailing the danger of economic espionage, titled “The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets.”
Having sat through all 36 minutes of it, we at Business Insider can confirm the movie is as painful to watch as you’d expect, though its message is pretty important.
To ensure you don’t have to watch the movie to soak in its wisdom, we’ve created a cliff notes of The Company Man in GIF form.
Kicking off, here's our hero Robert. He's an engineer for Iowa-based glass and insulation company RIS.
Robert's a happy man with a decent job. But there's trouble brewing as some suspect that people from China want to use the technology he helped develop at RIS
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