AVOID TRADING LOSSES AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGE WITH A TSCM SWEEP

A TSCM sweep is carried out by an agency specialising in counter-espionage whenever industrial espionage is suspected. TSCM stands for Technical Surveillance Countermeasures and refers to the physical and technical inspection of buildings and equipment using state-of-the-art anti-eavesdropping equipment. A professional TSCM sweep team will comb through your organisation, checking for the presence of hostile recording equipment, transmitters, hidden cameras, GPS trackers, concealed microphones, etc.

A PROFESSIONAL TSCM SWEEP TEAM
INCLUDES AT LEAST 2 EXPERTS!

If your TSCM service provider turns up single-handed with a few pieces of detection equipment, you know you have made the wrong choice. A competent sweep team will include at least 2 qualified individuals Both team members must have extensive knowledge of current technology and threats to security.
If you have chosen the right firm your senior management and your Security Officer will be aware of the extensive knowledge and expertise of the TSCM professionals. You need to be in a position to discuss any security problems freely to allow them to determine the applicable level of threat.
Outsourcing TSCM services entails risks to the privacy and continuity of your business. If your Security Officer is unaware of what TSCM entails you will need to call in a professional TSCM sweep business, if possible one with ‘secret’ level clearance from the Belgian National Security Authority, the NVO.

TSCM EQUIPMENT

OSCOR

An electronic spectrum analyser which can pick up frequencies from 10kHz to 24 GHz in a matter of seconds. Analysis of the frequencies identified can result in the discovery of suspicious transmissions.



ORION

Non-linear Junction Detector: detects recording or transmitting equipment illicitly connected to your power supply which can exploit the switching-on and -off of bona fide electronic equipment like phones and computers.



TALAN

Represents a significant breakthrough in telephone line testing with its incorporation of a wide range of tests including voltage, current, resistance and capacitance, NLJD, FDR and Digital Demodulation technology in a single device.



CPM 700 Deluxe

A counter-surveillance probe covering frequencies up to 12 GHz and capable of tracing all main categories of eavesdropping equipment installed in rooms, on telephones or worn on the body.



Video Pole Camera

A video pole camera (aka a pole camera) allows the operator to inspect difficult-to-reach areas like light fittings and false ceilings, without the need to use ladders.



Borescope

A borescope is an inspection camera which allows the interior of machinery and equipment to be visually inspected through small openings and inaccessible cavities.



Spy finder

The Spy Finder localises the tiniest hidden cameras, for example PinHole lenses (whether wire-fed or not) by sending out a beam of red light which is reflected from the concealed camera's lens.



LIGHT-BASED TECHNIQUES

We can make clever use of light to detect equipment built into a solid surface such as a wall. Red, white or violet light can reveal replastered or repainted areas which are invisible to the naked eye.



WHAT IS INSPECTED DURING A TSCM SWEEP?

During the sweep we search for equipment and technology capable of recording or transmitting speech or images. A device may be concealed in a pen, a computer mouse or a filing cabinet, or built into powered equipment like a wall socket, telephone, computer monitor, etc.

OFFICES

Conference rooms and offices are prime targets for espionage and should therefore be first to receive attention during a TSCM sweep.

THE ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT

The number 2 source of trouble: workspaces occupied by personal assistants, secretaries, operatives and managers.

COMMON AREAS

Washrooms and lifts, the coffee corner and other common areas must not be overlooked. Many sensitive conversations are conducted in such areas

ELECTRONICS

A qualified electrotechnician must inspect all connections, cables, lighting and electronic equipment.

TELEPHONE EXCHANGE

It is frighteningly quick and easy to convert a telephone system to illicitly collect information, and uncovering such skulduggery is a job for a specialist.

COMPUTERS

Computers are another type of equipment that is frequently exploited by eavesdroppers and, here again, the detection of such surreptitious activity is best left to an IT expert.







HOW AND WHEN TO SWEEP

The timing of a TSCM depends on the topography of the building. Inspections should be carried out during the day, not only at night when everyone has left the building.