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Do competitive intelligence providers come under the government counter intelligence scanner?
By that you mean corporate CI units, and CI vendors or consultants? In the U.S., I don’t imagine they do. U.S. counterintelligence is focused on the activities of foreign intelligence and non-state adversaries.
In some industries law enforcement and counterintelligence agencies will maintain relationships with corporate security departments and maybe even corporate CI units, but it is a working relationship.
There may be exceptions, say, if a foreign intelligence service is contracting a “competitive intelligence consultant” to acquire trade secrets through subterfuge or espionage; or if there is a company that is a front for a foreign intelligence service.
Put it this way: FBI counterintel does not start out looking at corporate CI units or CI consultants for foreign agents. However, during an existing investigation they might find a foreign agent uses CI for a cover. I believe one of the Russian spies caught last summer was a member of SCIP.