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. The following are some tips for choosing a TSCM Service Provider.
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. In order to provide you with an effective solution that meets your needs, the expert should have years of experience providing TSCM or cyber TSCM services. 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. Make sure that the available equipment belong to the company and is an advanced model. A qualified operator will use tools such as OSCOR green or blue spectrum analyzer, a telephone analyzer and a KESTREL. If the operators tells you that they are only going to use the broadband or near-field detector, look for another TSCM service provider as they are more unlikely to conduct an effective 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. It is also important to find a service provider who provides you with proof of their workers compensation as well as liability and professional indemnity insurance certificates.
Make sure that the TSCM Company has a team of qualified professionals to meet your company’s needs. The team should compromise of professionals who have undertaken their TSCM training in a reputed and highly recognized institution. Check the work experience and professional background of the team leader and ensure that they police or military experience. There should also be a competent telecommunications engineer whose task is to examine the telephone lines to where they enter the building and lastly, an electrician to inspect the electrics and socket. A good TSCM service provider will give you detailed information on the techniques that they are going to use.
Before you decide to work with a Technical Surveillance Counter Measure expert, it is highly recommended to check their reputation. A reputable company will membership with professional institutes which only allows firms with proven experience. Such TSCM associations come up with standards and codes of ethics that is each member is required to adhere to.
To help you narrow down your list of TSCM service provider, ensure that you are provided with a detailed quote. It is a good idea to visit the service providers offices and establish whether you feel at ease telling them your concerns.