In today’s world, almost anyone can easily and cheaply acquire surveillance devices, or bugs, that can be used to invade someone’s privacy. Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM), or bug sweeps can help individuals and businesses protect their privacy. 

Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM), or bug sweeps are services that are offered by trained, qualified investigators. These services are meant to uncover any illegal surveillance devices, any unknown technical surveillance devices, and any technical security weaknesses. Bug sweeps and inverse surveillance measures can mean uncovering wiretapping, hidden cameras, tracking devices, and spyware.

Why Do I Need Counter Surveillance Measures?

In a perfect world, no one would need bug sweeps. There are, after all, laws designed to protect individual privacy. In many cases, these laws make it illegal for someone to place surveillance on someone without consent. However, we do not live in a perfect world, and many people use surveillance to spy on other individuals. Some people may want to spy on those involved in litigation, in order to gather evidence that can be used in court or can be used to pressure someone to drop a case. In divorce cases, spouses may spy on each other in order to gather evidence against each other. Affluent people are often the target of spying, since individuals want to gather private information for criminal purposes. Some criminals may use illegal surveillance devices in order to gather information that can be used in identity theft. Businesses are big targets for illegal and covert surveillance, as competitors and criminals try to gather trade secrets, future business plans, and insider financial information from successful companies.

Everyone has a right to privacy, and bug sweeps and other counter surveillance measures can ensure that private information stays private. 

What is involved in an Inverse Surveillance Service?

A TSCM survey will usually involve a professional investigator or investigators who will audit a company’s technical security. Investigators will conduct visual, electronic, and physical investigations of company systems that may be affected by technical surveillance measures. If any security problems are found, investigators can use counter measures or can gather evidence so that the company can pursue legal action against those individuals involved in the technical security breach.  Bug sweeps and other counter surveillance measures work in a similar way, although, unlike TSCM surveys, they may not just consider technical spying. Bug sweeps and other measures usually involve an investigator who is trained to find surveillance measures. This person will use special equipment as well as visual and physical investigation to find any evidence of spying. If any security problems are found, the investigator will report the problem. In some cases, investigators will also work to find out who is responsible for a specific security problem.

Are There Different Types of Bug Sweeps?

Since there are different forms of spying, there are different types of counter surveillance measures as well. Technical security measures include vulnerability audits, TSCM surveys, SCIF Inspections, bug sweeps, wiretap detection, In Place Monitoring (IPM), TSCM sweeps, Off Site RF Monitoring, and many more. These services tend to be used by retail and business customers, although some services (such as bug sweeps and wiretap detection) can also be used by individuals who may have a security problem.