James Bond Lives
Spying Eyes Are Watching You
Now that the Cold War is a distant memory and James Bond movies just ain’t what they used to be, you may think that the spy game is dead. Well, think again. A new report from the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, charmingly called ONCIX, tells quite a different story.
Espionage against the United States is a “significant and growing threat to the nation’s prosperity.” Spying is, in fact, even worse than it was in the salad days of Smiley’s people because of the advent of ... you guessed it: the Internet. Says ONCIX: “Cyberspace—where most business activity and development of new ideas now takes place—amplifies ... threats by making it possible for malicious actors ... to quickly steal and transfer massive quantities of data while remaining anonymous and hard to detect.”
“Cyber tools have enhanced the economic espionage threat,” writes ONCIX, “and the Intelligence Community (IC) judges [that] the use of such tools is already a larger threat than more traditional espionage methods.”
So what does this mean for business? Economic espionage ranges from loss of intellectual property to outlays for remediation. However, there are no reliable estimates of how much this is costing U.S. business because many companies are unaware that their sensitive data has been pilfered. And those that do find out are often reluctant to report the loss.
What hasn’t changed since the old spy days is the likely
perpetrators of these clandestine
activities: the Russians and the Chinese, says ONCIX.
Don’t Stress Me In
One way of viewing the advice that Nancy Stampahar gives about relieving stress is that, well, you should be stressed, because the stress is your own fault. This author and presenter, who offers “real-life how to’s and solutions that help you succeed at both work and home,” thinks that if you are continuously putting out fires or juggling too many plates, you either are stressed or a fine candidate for stress. But it’s your own doing, for “If you do not make changes in your reactions toward people and situations, your stress levels will elevate over time and detrimental effects will occur in your job, health and relationships. It is up to you, and only you, to take care of yourself and [take] responsibility for your career and life.”
Of course, Stampahar also says that some stress can be a good thing because it helps you stay focused and take action. But she has some advice for people who have reached a toxic level of stress.
1. Develop positive self-talk, thinking and visual imagery.
2. Let go of control and delegate.
3. Express your feelings and boundaries assertively.
4. Be open-minded and flexible.
5. Welcome feedback and criticism.
6. Let go of the past.
7. Look for new ways and approaches.
8. Stay fit.
9. Bring fun and laughter into your life.
10. Realize what is most important in life.