Spies in the Supply Chain

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Learn best practices to develop a sound protective program and best countermeasures to combat supply chain disruption and business espionage.
Originally conducted 14 July 2021.


Business espionage is the largest monetary threat and adverse business impact that businesses face in the 21st Century. Given the high consequences, it is important that all businesses understand the best ways to protect themselves from business espionage. This will help you determine how to develop a good protective program and the best countermeasures.

This webinar is sponsored by the ASIS Supply Chain & Transportation Security Community.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Understanding the supply chain spying is not new.
  2. Methods used in spying on supply chains.
  3. How to detect and respond to spying attempts.
  4. How to prevent successful spying.

Credit Information

Completion of this webinar is eligible for 1 CPE credit. CPE credits for ASIS-sponsored webinars will be updated in your user profile within 48 hours of completion. Self-reporting of CPE credits is not required.


James A. Acevedo, CPP, CPS

James A. Acevedo, CPP, CPS is a multi-Disciplined Professional with over 25 years of experience. He has successfully worked and/or managed various types of operations globally. Mr. Acevedo has worked in over 46 countries and is a specialist in Mexico/Central/South America. Mr. Acevedo is designated a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS. He is also a Certified Protection Specialist (CPS), having graduated from Executive Security International, as a level-one agent. He is also trained in Human Intelligence Operations (HUMIT) using his training during Protection details and undercover operations. Mr. Acevedo has been trained in the Sandia Laboratory Risk Assessment Methodologies and Harmonized TRA Methodology. Using that training he gained special expertise in assessing critical infrastructure security for utilities including water and/or wastewater systems, power companies sub-stations, black start generation stations and non-nuclear power plants (NERC CIP Standards). He has also developed considerable expertise in the United States Customs Border Protection (CBP) program Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), ISO 28000 and various Supply Chain Security Programs. Finally, combining his passion for Aviation engineering and Security, Mr. Acevedo for the last eight years has been endeavoring to understand and evaluate how unmanned systems (land, sea and air) will impact security both as a potential solution and threat.

Bruce E. Wimmer, CPP
Senior Director

Bruce Wimmer, CPP has served as an officer in multiple ASIS chapters globally and is a regular speaker at the organization’s annual convention, local, and regional events. He was the founding chairman of Taiwan’s ASIS chapter. He is also a member of ASIS International’s Supply Chain and Transportation Security Community and is Chairman of the ASIS Intellectual Property Protection Community where he has strove to work with the Cyber Security Community to develop a truly integrated strategy for protection.

A recognized expert on security and investigative matters, Mr. Wimmer has spoken internationally on international terrorism, corporate/business espionage, crisis management planning, travel security and dealing with business fraud, purchasing fraud and kickbacks. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, National Public Radio, ABC/Discovery Channel as well as television and radio from Taiwan to Pakistan, Peru to Hong Kong and Colorado to Florida. He has been interviewed by such international publications as Newsweek, Business Week, the International Herald Tribune and USA Today. He has served as the Section Chief for the chemical infrastructure section and was on the Board of Directors of the FBI-hosted Colorado/Wyoming Infragard Chapter. He has been a regular lecturer at the University of Colorado and has been an instructor on water security for the American Water Works Association.

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