We are now solidly into the Age of Information. Now more than ever, knowledge
is power, and reliable, accurate, and timely information is an invaluable asset
and a marketable commodity. New information is constantly generated by efforts
to expand scientific and technical research.
The advantage that a company with "new" information has over its competitors
can provide phenomenal returns. For this reason, competitors are increasingly
trying to level the playing field by obtaining this vital data by any means, both
legally and illegally. Care must be taken to obtain useful information by legal
means and not to engage in illegal or unethical techniques that will, if uncovered,
cause extensive damage to the company's reputation or subject the company to criminal
or civil penalties.
In the information age, very useful intelligence on competitors can be obtained
from the adept exploitation of open source material held by commercial and government
sources. Knowledgeable sources can be located and interviewed, and patterns of
information can be developed for further analysis. Collecting data in this manner
is only one part of the craft of competitive intelligence. Data must undergo analysis
and testing to evolve into a product from which useful decisions can be made.
USSC, Inc. specializes in using investigative collection and analytical skills
to create intelligence from which sound business decisions can be made from a
mass of information obtained by legal means. This expertise becomes critical for
thos clients who are subject to takeover attempts, which can be hostile. In these
situations, USSC, Inc. can assist with expert investigations designed to determinet
the backgrounds, intentions, and capabilities of those engaged in the transaction
as part of an overall defensive strategy.