Counter-Intelligence is the discipline dedicated to the identification and restriction of intelligence operations against you and your organization.
Counter-Intelligence involves activities conducted to protect against espionage, sabotage, recruitment or assassinations conducted by foreign governments.
It’s aimed at protecting an agency’s intelligence program against an opposition’s Intelligence service.
There are three roles within Counter-Intelligence:
Collective counter-Intelligence – Gaining information about an opponent’s intelligence collection capabilities.
Defensive counter-Intelligence – Thwarting efforts by hostile intelligence services to penetrate the agency or service.
Offensive counter-Intelligence – After identifying an opponent’s efforts, offensive Counter-Intelligence involves trying to manipulate these attacks by either “turning” the opponent’s agents into double agents or feeding them false information to report.
Counter-Intelligence operations will involve deception or misinformation.
The goal is to confuse or mislead, and can involve the recruitment of Intelligence informants in other organizations to identify those who are spying against us.