The Lowdown On TSCM Sweeps And Debugging
Do you ever get the feeling that you are being bugged? With the technology available today it would not be too difficult for someone to bug your home, office or anywhere else where you hold sensitive meetings such as hotel conferencing facilities.
The illegal bugging industry is huge in the United States. It is an underground industry reportedly worth billions of dollars a year. There is a ton of illegal eavesdropping and bugging equipment imported from other nations into the US each year. According to the US State Department, this number is around 800 million dollars.
Everyday there are over 6 million dollars worth of electronic surveillance devices sold to members of the public in America. People can buy these devices online, through mail order and even over the counter if they know the right places to go.
You do not have to be a genius to install a surveillance device and almost anyone can do it. How do you know if your office or phone system (or both) are not being bugged right now? There are companies out there that will actually break into office buildings to install this equipment. If the price is right they will take on the job.
The bottom line here is that industrial espionage and technical surveillance are a potential threat to you and your business. Think about how disturbing it would be for someone else to be monitoring your every move.
Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM)
If you have not heard of technical surveillance countermeasures before it is basically the name for the sweeping of bugging devices in a home or office. With a TSCM sweep experts will look for the following:
- Electronic bugs
- Listening devices
- Covert cameras
- Eavesdropping devices
A professional TCSM sweep will also identify other security weak points that you may have. You can have a TSCM sweep performed in your home, in your offices, in your vehicles, at off-site locations where you will hold meetings, conference centers and hotel rooms and more.
With the amount of these devices available and the ease with which they can be installed, you should strongly consider bringing in the professionals at Special Response Corporation to perform a TSCM sweep for you for your overall security, continuity of your business and general peace of mind.
Your company should have a risk management strategy and sweeping for the use of bugs on a regular basis must be a priority. A TSCM sweep should never be considered a onetime event as things can change very quickly. It is essential that you do everything possible to protect your confidential information.
Who could Target you or your Business?
There are a number of different people that may want to bug you or your business for various reasons. These could include:
- Recently fired employees
- Employees with a grudge
- Your competitors
- The media
- Legal adversaries
What would be the cost to your business if sensitive information fell into the wrong hands? Can you imagine the impact of your competitors listening in to all of your conversations in meetings and on the phone?
Imagine your competitors being able to know in advance that you are planning new product lines or maybe considering a merger? You will have trade secrets that you never want your competitors to know about, but the planting of a cheap surveillance device could make your secrets readily available to them.
At Special Response Corporation we work closely with our clients to plan and perform thorough professional TSCM sweeps to locate any wireless devices, hidden cameras, recording units, audio bugs, and more. So contact us here now so that we can discuss your next TSCM sweep and keep your secrets safe.