Technical Counter Surveillance
Technical counter surveillance measures, otherwise known as “bug sweeps” or “debugging”, are both an electronic and physical inspection of an item or location which can include an office, home, telephone, briefcase, etc.
The purpose of a bug sweep is to locate and identify possible covert surveillance devices (bugs) and / or technical security weaknesses.
Our team of operators comprises of sound engineers, military improvised explosive device search instructors and electrical engineers. All of these persons have undergone additional technical surveillance counter-measures training and their equipment is continually upgraded to ensure that the latest surveillance technology is utilised.
A complete site inspection will also evaluate other physical security weaknesses which may compromise the given location and suggest options for improvement.
Who Can Be a Target?
Anyone can be a target of covert electronic surveillance. However, some people face higher risks than others because of financial positions, personal stature or standing, and legal or domestic situations.
The following are but a few factors that could make your or your company a prime subject for electronic eavesdropping:
- Your company has publicly traded securities.
- Your company is involved in major acquisitions, mergers or takeovers.
- Your company is in the process of competing with other companies for major tenders, or is about to launch a new product.
- Your company is involved in any type of legal proceedings.
- Your company’s board comprises of high-profile individuals who attract media or other attention.
- Your company deals with matters of a highly confidential nature.
Many people believe that electronic surveillance devices are difficult to obtain. This is far from the case. Widely used, although illegal, the technology and equipment required to easily intrude on your company or personal life can be easily acquired by almost anyone who has conducted a little research, has a basic electronics understanding and a small budget.
In Australia, the use of illegal bugs is increasing at an alarming rate. Recently there have been numerous reports in the media of devices that have been located, and this is likely just the tip of the iceberg.