What Is TSCM?
THE BILYEU GROUP’s TSCM
Survey Team is a service provided by qualified personnel
to detect the presence of active and passive technical
surveillance devices (e.g., audio and/or video
transmitters) and hazards, and to identify technical
security weaknesses that could aid in the conduct of a
technical penetration of the surveyed facility.
Our TSCM survey will provide a professional
evaluation of the facilities technical security posture,
and will consist of a thorough visual, electronic, and
physical examination in and about the designated
Why Would I Need These Types Of Services?
Private individuals do not spend nearly one billion
dollars a year and then not put this equipment to use.
The U.S. Department of State estimates that there are
over 700,000 eavesdropping devices sold each year. Over
6,500 incidents of industrial espionage occur in the
United States each year with an average economic impact
of $1.25 million. The American Society for Industrial
Security estimates that Economic and Industrial
Espionage cost Fortune 1000 Companies over $53 billion
dollars in 2001.
If you or your company harbor information such as
trade secrets, intellectual property, and contract
negotiations deemed valuable to a business competitor or
an extortionist, or you are involved in litigation,
mergers and acquisition or labor relations you have
information valuable to others. In reality, anyone with
power or money is at risk.
What Is Involved In A TSCM Sweep?
Sweeps are normally completed in two or three days
and usually conducted during the night. This is because
of the sensitive nature of the activity and not to alarm
or disrupt the day-to-day activities of the workplace. A
typical TSCM sweep involves numerous pieces of
electronic test equipment and computer devices. Usually
the threat target includes specified key individuals
within the company and oftentimes these individuals are
targeted beyond the workplace. As a result, it may be
necessary to include vehicles, cellular telephones,
computer equipment, alarm systems, and residences of
If you suspect that you are the target of a
surveillance operation, you should contact a TSCM
professional immediately. It is extremely important for
you to NOT contact the TSCM professional from your home
or office computer, telephone or cell phone. Contact
should be made well beyond any targeted area so as not
to alert any eavesdropper of preparations.
Warning Signs That Could Indicate Possible Intrusion:
- Confidential or Sensitive information is known
by competitors such as financial reports, legal
- Strange noise, sounds, or interference on the
Radio, Telephone or TV.
- Items misplaced in an office or desk, or objects
redirected such as a clock, light, or furniture;
ceiling tile appears to have been moved or replaced.
- Locks on doors, desks, and filing cabinets
appear difficult to open.
- Individuals or groups showing up at meeting
sites with no reason to be there – individuals who
appear “out of place”.
- Electrical wall plates appear to be tampered
- Unknown Repair or Service Technicians
mysteriously arrive at office or residence.
- Items in personal or company vehicles that have
appeared to be tampered with; or the vehicle has
been broken into or vandalized.
- Unusual vehicles appear to be spending above
normal amount of time outside the facility or
- Residential or Office burglary, but nothing
appears to be stolen.
As this ever-changing industry of technology and
electronics become available, you must consider the
rippling effects this could have toward your company and
Does your company have a policy regarding technical
If so, is it updated on a regular basis?
The professionals at THE BILYEU GROUP will provide
quality and sound expertise surrounding this issue, and
provide the most up-to-date equipment to penetrate the
security hazard at hand.
Please contact THE BILYEU