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Luke Bencie, Managing Director of SMI

Luke Bencie is the Managing Director for Security Management International, LLC.

In this capacity, Mr. Bencie has been a consultant to the US Department of State, US Department of Defense, Fortune 500 companies, as well as foreign governments. He specializes in conducting strategic and security management assessments, performing counterintelligence and due-diligence investigations, and also provides specialized intelligence advisory services. He is the author of "Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler" and "Global Security Consulting: How to Build a Thriving International Practice."

Mr. Bencie has worked in over 100 countries and has trained thousands of domestic and international students from police, military, and intelligence services on topics such as economic and industrial espionage, border security, intellectual property protection, counterfeiting/piracy, and recognizing/discouraging terrorist travel movement. Prior to establishing SMI, Mr. Bencie was a Senior Security Consultant for Raytheon Company in the Intelligence and Information Systems Division, and assigned to the emerging markets of Brazil, India and Lebanon.

Mr. Bencie previously served on the US Department of State’s Foreign Emergency Support Team. In this capacity, he was responsible for responding to terrorist attacks carried out against US targets overseas. As a result, he performed numerous trips to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other "hot spots" throughout the world.

Mr. Bencie holds graduate degrees in “National Security Studies” from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and The American Military University, as well as an MBA from the University of Sarasota. He received his BA from Michigan State University and completed further course work from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Training Academy, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course is the solution for protecting your organization's secrets

According to an annual Congressional report on espionage, "the United States private sector is seen as an irresistible 'soft target' for foreign intelligence collectors."

As today's business environment has become globally interconnected, foreign intelligence activities have extended beyond traditional targets in the Intelligence Community and other US national security structures. Hostile intelligence services, as well as private collectors, now target a wide variety of unclassified/classified information and technologies in a range of sectors. Although cyber threats are increasingly pervasive, most collectors still employ more traditional espionage practices when targeting international business travelers.

Unfortunately, most business travelers are untrained, and thus unprepared, to handle even the most common espionage tactics, such as:

  • Elicitation
  • Bribery
  • Blackmail
  • Extortion
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Electronic Exploitation
  • Physical Surveillance
  • Hotel/Office Covert Intrusions

Protect yourself and your company's vital secrets with an intelligent solution...
- The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course


Course Overview

The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course is a two-day seminar designed to educate those individuals in your organization who may become targets of espionage, whether knowingly or unknowingly, from an economic competitor or a hostile intelligence service.

Two SMI instructors will facilitate the training, using a combination of lectures, case studies, videos, group exercises, and one-on-one elicitation scenarios.

Course Content

This highly informative course will open your employees' eyes to how vulnerable intellectual property actually is while traveling, and the lengths to which others will go to undercut your organization.

A small sample of the topics covered include:

  • Economic vs. Industrial Espionage
  • Foreign Intelligence Collection Methods
  • How to Recognize Elicitation and Recruiting Techniques
  • Operational Security (OPSEC) Awareness
  • Communication Security (COMSEC) Awareness
  • Data Attack and Intrusion Methodologies
  • How to become an "Invisible Traveler"
  • Surveillance Detection Techniques
  • Plus much more…

Target Audience

The Counter-Espionage for Business Travelers Course is perfect for organizations with international operations and/or employees who travel overseas and are responsible for:

  • Research and Development
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Logistics
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Human Resources
  • Executive Decision Making

The SMI Managing Director, Luke Bencie, wrote an essential book for every business traveler, Among Enemies: Counter Espionage for the Business Traveler.

SMI offers additional training courses for executives and business travelers. Click to find out more about our Traveler Safety Courses including: Kidnapping Prevention and Awareness Course and Hostile Travel Course.

In addition, SMI provides Security Consulting, Security Management, and Intellectual Property Protection for executives, business owners, and Fortune 500 companies.

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