Counterintelligence Program for Industry & Academia


The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) provides resources and best practices for organizations looking to implement counterintelligence (CI) programs. These resources cover various aspects related to CI awareness, risk mitigation, and countering foreign intelligence threats. Please review the following information:

  1. Enterprise Risk Mitigation Blueprint for Non-Intelligence Agencies: Although geared towards federal agencies, this 2023 brochure from the NCSC provides best practices for any organization looking to implement an enterprise risk mitigation program.
  2. Countering Foreign Intelligence Threats – Implementation and Best Practices Guide: This job aid gives best practices for implementing a CI Program. It is well-suited for facility security personnel and senior leaders.
  3. Counterintelligence (CI) Awareness Integration Plan: This job aid provides basic guidelines on setting up a CI program. It addresses universal principles applicable anywhere, not just within the Department of Defense (DOD).
  4. Understanding Espionage and National Security Crimes: This resource discusses the difference between economic espionage, trade secret theft, and violations related to Export Administration Regulation (EAR) or International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR).
  5. Computer Security Resource Center Toolkit: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) toolkit for computer security resources has a wealth of information for incorporating both CI and cyber into a security program. It is more applicable for network administrators and information technology and security personnel.
  6. Watch & Learn CDSE Counterintelligence Awareness Video Lesson: A four-minute YouTube video that serves as a basic primer on Counterintelligence and Security. It is suited for all facility personnel.
  7. Games: You can test your knowledge and encourage CI awareness at your organization with two engaging games: “Counterintelligence Trivia” and "Twirl Joomla!".

These resources provide valuable insights and best practices for implementing effective counterintelligence measures in both industry and academia.

National Counterintelligence and Security Center