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Empire Investigations Reveals Why Your Business Secrets Are Not Safe

Empire Investigations Reveals Why Your Business Secrets Are Not Safe

This is it! This is that big breakthrough multi-million dollar idea that is going to launch your career and/or your business to new heights and alter the current course of your life.

There’s a huge risk that:

  • You lose out on the bid by just the smallest margin.
  • Your competition comes out with YOUR idea just before you can formally announce it.
  • Personal circumstances (i.e. a nasty divorce or disgruntled employee) leave you concerned that they will reveal your strategy before it’s the right time (or to the wrong people).

The big question you need answered is: How was this secret information obtained?

In the 21st century, this answer is a lot more practical and obvious than you may expect. While our lives are constantly surrounded with new and advancing technologies to “simplify” and make life easier, it also creates a sense of comfortability in public, a lack of awareness, where EVERYTHING can have a lens and be recording whether you know it or not.

The fact of the matter is, if you thought someone was going to break into your home, you wouldn’t leave the house without arming your security system or locking your doors right?

The same thought process needs to be present when you’re discussing trade secrets or valuable information that is crucial to your livelihood. Whether in the comforts of your own home or in the confines of your high-rise office, there are people who are constantly trying to get a leg up on you to gain leverage. You must not leave the door open and let them have it.

Here are 5 ways you can protect yourself and your business:

  • Use encryption software when disclosing personal information (bank accounts, social security numbers, credit cards, etc.). There are also encrypted messaging apps for cellphone use.
  • Pay attention to any changes in the typical battery life or service capabilities of your cellphones. Bugged communications often have programs running behind the scenes that will alter your normal battery life!
  • When disclosing sensitive information, place any known electronic devices in a separate room.
  • Pay attention to the human element! Make sure new employees clear background checks before receiving clearances, notice any odd details on the property such as unusual cars, have security checks in place to protect your information.
  • Contact a professional and respected TSCM expert for a confidential consultation and to sweep your location for any hidden devices or potential vulnerabilities.

At Empire Investigations LLC., our Technical Surveillance Countermeasure (TSCM) experts have been trained by some of the best in the world, including the notorious G. Gordon Liddy, the Watergate chief operative himself. To be trained and run alongside members in every government agency on the books, our experts have seen and use cutting edge technology to check every corner and every device for bugs and taps that can be used against you. We’ve seen it all from disgruntled or new employees trying to take your top office to corporate espionage at it’s finest attempting to steal trade secrets and even the ex-lover digging up as much dirt on you as possible from the comforts of your own home.

Suspicious? Get the proof you need! Call us today and set up a confidential consultation at 800-860-6068 or visit us online at www.areyoususpicious.com.

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Empire Investigations LLC Partners with YesPlus Program to Promote “Acts of Kindness” and Help Others to Reduce Stress

In the fast paced society that we live in today, from our early ages we are constantly running from class to class, program to program, meeting after meeting. We are always on the go and always connected through social media to a constant recycling news cycle where everything is always changing. With this kind of life style, sometimes we fail to live in the present, in the “now”, instead constantly worrying about what lies instead.

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No one knows this better than Empire’s CEO Robert Kresson. As a private investigator for more than 30 years, Kresson and his teams have been flying across the country and at times the world at the drop of a hat, dropping everything in order to catch the next flight to get the proof his client’s need. With that, comes a level of stress that is sometimes difficult to cope with but is a requirement and necessity to work through in order to be successful and efficient. In order to learn more about how to combat stress and create an improved way of life, Kresson and his teams took part in the “Happiness Program”, a part of the Art of Living Foundation.

After taking part in the courses, Kresson searched for a way to help spread the word to help others learn about these strategies and also to spread the idea of committing “random acts of kindness”. With that, came his partnership with the YesPlus Program. The YesPlus program helps teach students to thrive in life and lead with clarity of mind, resilience, purpose, and belongingness. This innovative life-skills training program combines empirically-validated breathing and meditation practices with interactive discussions and experiential processes so students gain valuable skills to better navigate the personal, social, and academic landscape and pressures of college. YesPlus impacts the participants in these areas and has a ripple-effect in the society through the service module of the program.

For more information on how you can sign up for a course and even donate to help fundraising for this effort to make YesPlus accessible to everyone, you can visit https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/yesplus-pittsburgh/x/9705408

Leading Cyber Security Expert Robert Kresson Advises Caution Online

In today’s digital world, no person or entity is safe when it comes to protecting information online. Sophisticated attacks have become daily headlines. These cyber aggressors are focused on acquiring something of value- attempting to steal usernames, passwords, bank account information, personal information, trade secrets and even classified information. The latest and most recent noteworthy victim of a computer breach: the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Pittsburgh-based counter espionage advisor and security expert, Robert Kresson, has been at the forefront of virtual disasters since the early 1970′s. His advice for corporations and individuals alike: “Take a layered approach with securing protected information.”

Network attacks can come from anywhere in the world, sometimes working through “proxy servers” to camouflage themselves. Some of the most notable attacks have been traced back to China, North Korea, and most recently, Russia. Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion usernames and passwords and over 500 million email addresses, stemming from 420,000 different websites. World leaders and common day bloggers were among the victims who now need to rely on the expert advice from counter espionage security advisors.

According to Kresson, one method of breach is known as a brute force attack where hackers use a systematic algorithm to repeatedly attempt to simply guess passwords, going through every combination of characters and symbols. Kresson says that the online capabilities to spy, hack or compromise data anywhere in the web today are “limitless.”

“The focus needs to be on proactive measures. People do not want to wait until their data is compromised or stolen to start protecting it,” Kresson says, the same message of caution in his consultations to Fortune 500 security leaders. He adds, “One of our beliefs in order to help thwart these attacks is the implementation of Unified Threat Management System that protects networks using multi-layer proven protection technologies including Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), IPS, VPN, email and web filtering.

Kresson recommends various methods and added layers of protection. Empire’s clients utilize internet gateway perimeter protection as a first layer of protection that provides an essential network firewall, plus protection for web and email gateways, laptops and mobile devices. The use of encryption technologies ensures that enterprise “protected information” is secure when both in transit (email) or at rest (stored on the network). They also install systems to ensure the protection of company users when surfing the web from virus and malware attacks utilizing Web Surfing and Filtering technologies, increasing the barriers of protection.

Kresson says that technology is never a substitute for effective administrative security procedures. These are policies that enforce the use of unique and complex passwords that include a combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers, and symbols. He also urges for company employees to be trained on company security procedures annually. Understanding what a threat looks like can alert an aware user of the danger. If employees receive a link via social media, and have no background knowledge of the link, there’s a good chance that it is malicious code. Hacking and intellectual property theft are two-folded, external (hackings, etc.) and internal, meaning employees taking information out via external thumb drives (or other network endpoints), etc. It is crucial to monitor who has access to sensitive information and to lock this information down with DLP encryption technologies to ensure that only authorized information leaves the network in a protected manner and is logged as such.

“Our biggest piece of advice for business owners, students, parents or the every day Internet user is to simply be cautious about what he or she clicks on. Be aware of anything that may look suspicious in email accounts or anything sent via social media which may seem unprecedented,“ Kresson says.

Robert Kresson and Empire Investigation LLC have been featured on regional and national news outlets such as WTAE-Pittsburg Channel 4 and ABC Channel 11 for their use of the latest private investigation technology and “spy gear.” Kresson and his team have also received Pittsburgh’s “Top 12 Ethical Investigators Award” and several Citizen Care awards for their quality investigation and security work. To learn more, contact Robert Kresson at Empire Investigation LLC. Visit their website at http://empireinv.com/.

Empire Investigation Helps Give Spotlight To The Highmark Caring Foundation

On February 18th, 2015 at the grand opening of the new, beautiful and luxurious Monaco Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. The Pittsburgh Social Exchange, with the help of VIP corporate sponsor, Empire Investigations, LLC helped to support and give the spotlight to The Highmark Caring Place.

The Highmark Caring Place is a non-for-profit Pittsburgh organization that helps grieving children by creating awareness of their needs, providing programs for them and their families, and empowering the community to effectively support them. Thousands of community members are helped by The Caring Place each year at no cost through their peer support group, education, consultation, and referral services.

The Social Exchange’s CEO, Ethan Nicholas, is proud of the work they do for local businesses and loves giving back to the city, its business owners and the kids that are the future of Pittsburgh commerce saying, “Our Pittsburgh networking events are diverse and are hosted at ever-changing locations in unique areas of our beautiful city.” The Pittsburgh Social Exchange has been recognized as the premier networking group of the city for a reason. This includes this latest event at the brand new Monaco Hotel.

Recognized for his work around the globe, the media consistently calls on Empire Investigations, LLC CEO, Robert Kresson, as a reliable source for investigative and protective services industry commentary. Kresson and his team at Empire have garnered international acclaim, being featured in media from USA Today and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to the Jenny Jones talk show to the Saudi Gazette. Kresson says, “Most of our clients are dealing with confidential information, be it their business or personal lives. When people trust you with their lives you take every precaution available to protect them while the investigation is taking place. Clients can’t risk putting their most valued assets, such as their children into jeopardy.” Throughout his three decades of service, Kresson and his teams have helped protect countless kids from abuse and abduction, wrongful custody cases and even pedophilia.

Don’t miss out on this dynamic duo’s next Pittsburgh Social Exchange event by checking out the event schedule online at http://www.pittsburghsocialexchange.com/ and get pre-registered for the 3rd annual PSE Golf Outing at Diamond Run Golf Course on August 3rd. Don’t miss out on a great event and even the chance to win $1 MILLION courtesy of VIP Sponsor Empire Investigations.