Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TSCM Bug Sweeps: When, and When Not To - Part I

The following provides advice specifically meant for: 
Private Investigators, 
Security Directors, 
Security Consultants 
and TSCM professionals.

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), or bug sweep, is an analysis of an area to detect illegal covert electronic surveillance. In addition to listening devices, sweeps also take into account optical, data, and GPS tracking devices.

A typical case involving a private individual...
Someone contacts you to “find a bug”. They are sure their: significant other, landlord, neighbor, or the amorphous “they” knows their every thought and move. What do you do? Is a bug sweep really the best first step? 

Probably not. (more)

The article goes on to answer the question using this scenario:

A typical case involving a business client... 
Word about something has leaked out. “Check everything!”, barks the boss. What do you do? Is an inspection for bugs and wiretaps the best first step? (more)

Part II will appear later in December. ~Kevin