About Standards Policy

OUR MISSION

We enable organizations to identify and respond to risks posed by foreign governments using symmetric and asymmetric competitive strategies. By providing actionable intelligence on economic strategies and policy threats, we enable clients to minimize their risks and maximize their revenues in emerging markets. Areas of expertise include:

 

  • Translating International Risk Into Actionable Intelligence and Developing Strategies for Success

 

  • Economic Espionage, Cyber Theft, and Cyber Terrorism

 

  • Competing with State Owned Enterprises (SOE's)

 

  • State Sponsored and Military Risks to Organizations

 

  • Regulatory and Policy Frameworks, Antitrust, M&A and Their Use to Slant Competition

  • Trends Impacting Trade, Commerce, Intellectual Property, and Security

Turning significant risk into competitive advantage, we save clients time, money, and potentially, their entire organization. 

OUR FOUNDER

 

Mr. Schramm has founded startups and worked on multibillion dollar product lines in all phases of product development, from R&D to government regulated monopoly. While working in Microsoft’s antitrust division Mr. Schramm was a liaison with competition regulators and helped identify policy patterns designed to reduce China's dependency on foreign investment via import substitution. He contributed to the analysis of regulatory and national competitive impacts to Microsoft's business model by foreign government policies and the team highlighted areas of non alignment for review by executive management.

One of several liaisons to the Department of Justice's oversight body, The Technical Committee, Mr. Schramm was focused on Section iiih (Middleware) of the Consent Decree between Microsoft and the DOJ.  He worked directly with regulators, attorneys and product engineering and marketing teams specific to compliance with Court orders.  He contributed competitive and policy evidence for company responses to the U.S. Antitrust Division and complaining States, E.U. Commission cases, and inquires by  governments, competitors and consortia. Mr. Schramm personally managed projects identified by Judge Kollar-Kotelly as requirements for Consent Decree compliance and closure in Middleware section of the Consent Decree.

Mr. Schramm holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University's Presidents and Key Executive MBA program and has taken graduate level courses in trans national terrorism at Norwich University. He has numerous certificates including a Masters Certificate in Data Communications from The American Institute and Technology Negotiations from The Program for Negotiation, Harvard Law School.

STANDARDS POLICY - SAMPLING OF PRIOR ENGAGEMENTS 

 

Exposure to Economic Espionage
Identified risks of economic espionage introduced by SaaS vendor(s) that had partnered with Chinese firms. Vendors, in the course of business, placed clients production data at risk without the vendor, or firms knowledge.

Corporate Risks and Strategy Development Prior to Entering Emerging Market

Advised a high tech firm on the risks of entering the Chinese market. Based on intelligence provided the company cancelled entry into the Chinese market, choosing other markets for expansion while monitoring events in China specific to their industry.

Protecting Corporate Assets After Entering Emerging Market

Advised a company on how to obfuscate their operations and protect their I.P. in China. Replaced all exposed I.P. with an "upgraded," re-engineered product with subtle changes that failed to produce a working version of the invention. Worked with management to development of an exit strategy from the Chinese market and monitor risks from state owned and funded competitors.

Reviewed Espionage Risks Posed by Employees / Contractors

Reviewed risks posed by China's 2014 counter espionage law to a company's native and foreign employees. Developed governance and compliance guidelines with recommendations on how to restructure their resources within China and the U.S.

Advised Investment Firms on Risks to M & A and Venture Capital Investment

Advised investment firms on the criteria used by China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) for merger and acquisition review and examples of conditions placed on approved transactions by MOFCOM. Reviewed how MOFCOM incorporates state initiatives, economic espionage, and preference for state owned enterprises, in their determinations.

 

Enable Clients to Incorporate Risk Management Frameworks

Assist clients in applying relevant aspects of FedRAMP, Department of Defense Information Systems Agency's Cloud Security Requirements Guide, NIST Cybersecurity Framework and NIST Risk Management Framework to protect business environments.

Antitrust Risks in China

Advised a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm on the risks and potential impacts of Chinese antitrust actions to a company in their portfolio. One year later the impacts predicted proved 97.5% accurate.

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