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Corporate Intelligence Professional To Speak at BTAC

John J. McGonagle, Managing Partner of The Helicon Group, will Show how Security and Intelligence Professionals can Thwart Economic Espionage

30 March 2006

New York, NY — The Business Threat Awareness Council will hold a breakfast meeting with special guest speaker, John J. McGonagle on Tuesday April 18, 2006 at 9:00 AM in midtown Manhattan.

His topic, "Security and CI: Defending Against Economic Espionage", will detail how Corporate Intelligence professionals teaming up with Security professionals can counter the rising tide of Economic Espionage.

“Corporate intelligence, also known as Competitive Intelligence, is limited by laws, such as the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, as well as ethical guidelines such as those created by the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals”, McGonagle explains. “Still, CI and Security professionals are usually aware of what is happening in their company before anyone else and are sensitive to anomalous behavior and threats both internal and external to their company. That is why it is important to have high level cooperation between the corporate security and intelligence teams.”

There is no charge for this event; however space is limited so you must RSVP by email to BTAC President, George Karshner at:

He will reply with meeting location details.

John J. McGonagle, Managing Partner of The Helicon Group, is a veteran practitioner of corporate competitive intelligence. He has over 2 decades of experience in every aspect of collecting, analyzing and using all forms of intelligence, and has authored or co/authored 8 books on the subject. In 1998, Mr. McGonagle received the prestigious Fellows Award from the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals for his contributions to the Competitive Intelligence profession. Mr. McGonagle is one of those responsible for designing SCIP's innovative award for team achievement in Competitive Intelligence and for judging the finalists for the Team of Excellence in Intelligence Awards.

The Helicon Group provides world-class competitive and strategic analyses as well as onsite custom training and consulting.

About the Business Threat Awareness Council
The Business Threat Awareness Council is a voluntary group of professionals from the private and public sectors whose main goals are to improve threat awareness, promote best practices in threat management and business counterintelligence, and to disseminate this information to American businesses.

BTAC is a non-partisan and non-commercial organization. BTAC meetings are forums to exchange ideas, alert others to new and existing threats, and to meet like-minded professionals for the purpose of strengthening the infrastructure of America's commerce. For further information about BTAC and council events please visit

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