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Security In The Work Place Overseas

The work place, your home away from home. Here you are safe and secure in the one place where you no longer have to worry about what you do or say. WRONG! You can be just as vulnerable here as anywhere else in the country. You probably are safer, but there are still some precautions that should be taken.

Safeguard all sensitive or proprietary papers and documents; do not leave them lying around in the office or on top of a desk.

Guard your conversations so that unauthorized personnel are not able to eavesdrop on discussions pertaining to proprietary information, personnel issues or management planning or problems. In many countries, employees are debriefed by the local intelligence or security services in an effort to learn as much as possible about activities of American companies and their personnel.

Be careful of all communications. Be aware that the monitoring of telephone, telegraph and international mail is not uncommon in some countries.

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