Breaking Down the Process Behind Business Security Sweeps
Is your office bugged? How safe is your work environment? Are your phone calls as confidential as you think they are or is someone listening in on your conversations? Business security sweeps are now an everyday workplace necessity. The higher a business profile, the more necessary for business security sweeps.
A technical surveillance countermeasure sweep is known by many names – bug sweeping, TSCM inspection, electronic countersurveillance and many more. But they all mean one thing – an electronic and a physical inspection of a property/room/premises/building/vehicle.
Make bug sweeping an office policy
All companies should look at TSCM or bug sweeps as a part of their regular security policy. Budgeting must include TSCM as well. How frequently a company should do a bug sweep will depend on the company and the level of threat against them at a particular point in time.
If your company has a lot of sensitive information, you would want to ensure you have a TSCM sweep routinely and at more regular intervals. If your company feels that it is losing data even with regular TSCM sweeps, then it should launch an investigation and hire external counter-espionage experts if necessary.
It’s no surprise that most of us have limited knowledge of eavesdropping devices. But did you know that 99% of the capabilities of bugging devices that are depicted on screen are not technically possible?
One thing is for sure, and that is that levels of both industrial and economic espionage have been on the rise in recent years. Eavesdropping equipment is available easily enough online, and anyone with a credit card can buy one.
Finding a reliable TSCM company
A thorough TSCM sweep is the only way of ensuring your premises are clear of bugs. However, hiring a TSCM company is not an easy task, and it’s important that you find a provider who:
- Has actually attended a recognised TSCM academy.
- Has proper TSCM bug sweeping equipment
- Conducts sweeps regularly.
- Is knowledgeable, experienced, and has state-of-art equipment.