Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Protect Your Organization from Spying Threats
Cameras are everywhere, from Ring to facial recognition that
unlocks your smartphone. People are being conditioned to be on camera even
when they don't want to be. Corporations and institutions are seeing their
private spaces invaded also, particularly as intellectual property is
increasingly under threat of being stolen. In 2016 the FBI reported a 53% increase in the number
of corporate espionage cases being investigated.
Institutions blind to the growing
number intrusion of cameras and recording devices risk competing with their own
stolen intellectual property. Certain international players see corporate
espionage as a growth strategy, not just a short term means to an end. Many
institutions think only of securing their IP in cyberspace and ignore the real
threat lurking in their boardrooms, recruiter offices, or break rooms. One only
needs to look at the latest headlines involving the intended theft of T-Mobile's robot technology via secretly collected pictures. With the growth of
internet connected devices it's not beyond the realm of possibility that the
employee microwave is silently streaming project details to a murky competitor.
However taking steps to secure
your organization beyond cyber threats has a payoff: Scanning areas where your employees work with international
partners will reveal any surreptitious recording devices. Training your
employees to utilize detection devices puts them at the front lines of being
able to detect and stop a theft before it happens.
All you need to begin a complete
surveillance detection protocol are a set of comprehensive tools:
- Cameras are easily scanned for
with a handheld lens detector that confirms the presence of a hidden camera
whether or not it's in operation.
- Handheld detection devices can
scan for hidden GPS trackers, listening
and video transmitting devices. Meeting in a new space? Many of these are small
enough to carry with you and do a quick scan before a meeting begins.
- Spectrum analyzers serve the
needs of the largest institutions and government offices. Equipped with the
ability to scan all transmitting frequencies, these devices quickly become go-to
tools to guard against privacy invasion.
Recently a customer came to us concerned that private conversations were being compromised after a
chance meeting with a presumed potential client at an out-of-town trade show.
The new client seemed to know exact details of our customer's itinerary as well
as other private conversations. Evidence
mounted that this 'new client' was trying to determine who else our customer
was establishing business relationships with, even during after hours meetings.
After investing in a handheld detection device and an afternoon of practicing scanning with our customer service team, our customer discovered a hidden tracker on a vehicle used for business as well as listening devices in the
office space. Finding these hidden devices allowed our customer to bring law
enforcement into the matter and stop the unwanted surveillance threat.
Protecting your organization from
spying threats should be a multi-pronged approach. Once your institution has
implemented a regular surveillance detection scanning plan both employees and
outside partners will feel secure that outside surveillance is not jeopardizing
trade information. Employees will be free to work without fear of having their
efforts undermined by secret audio and video surveillance. And IP protection
teams will have more time and resources to devote to catching slippery cyber
Essentially protecting your institution's physical space from spying threats increases
protection of ALL space from spying threats.