Before you choose experts to conduct Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM) inspection, it is important to do some research and ensure that they are right for your business. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a Technical Surveillance Counter Measures.
Find out how long the TSCM expert has been in business in order to find out their level of experience in providing eavesdropping detection services. Make sure that they have extensive experience in your particular field or industry so you can be sure that they will meet the exact needs of your company. Ask for a list of references in order to get verifiable information regarding the level of experience of the TSCM service provider.
Make sure that the TSCM provider you choose has the right equipment required in order to complete the task effectively. An experienced service provider will have their own latest and advanced equipment for effective sweep and eavesdropping detection service. Some of these equipment to look out for include; a telephone analyzer, a spectrum analyzer, and a non-linear junction detector (NLJD). Do not consider experts who choose to only use the broadband detector as this will not be sufficient in providing you with credible technical assessment.
Furthermore, the TSCM service needs to show you proof of their security consulting licenses and insurance certificates. Ask for proof of their business license as this shows that they have met the threshold required in order to operate. Just like any other professional, insurance will protect you from taking responsibility when something goes wrong when the team is executing their duties.
Make sure that the TSCM Company has a team of qualified professionals to meet your company’s needs. The team should comprise of qualified TSCM operators who have acquired their skills from a highly recognised TSCM training facility. Check the work experience and professional background of the team leader and ensure that they police or military experience. The team should also comprise of an electrician who will check the sockets and ducting and a qualified telecommunications engineer to inspect the telephone lines. A good TSCM service provider will give you detailed information on the techniques that they are going to use.
Do your research and find out whether the TSCM service provider has a solid reputation in the industry. A reputable company will membership with professional institutes which only allows firms with proven experience. Approved professional associations come up with particular code of ethics and standards for their members to follow.
Ensure that the TSCM expert provides you with a detailed written quote so that you can make a final educated decision. You will know you are making the right hiring decision if you feel comfortable with the service provider.