It is human nature to assume that those we meet business are genuine, have integrity and are well-intentioned. Sadly, in an age of intense business competition this may turn out to be fatally naive. The readiness of unprincipled individuals and businesses to commit industrial espionage, sabotage and vandalism appears to be on the increase globally. This impacts the victim organisation through damage to competitiveness, market advantage, reputation and staff morale. Therefore CFPA Europe has published the Guidelines “Protection of Business Intelligence” (no. 10:2016/S). These valuable guidelines will assist the organisation identify their vulnerabilities, detect the warning signals and take proactive action to implement those countermeasures and controls essential to secure the organisation’s operational and intellectual property.