What is Advanced TSCM?

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures

by Murray Associates is not just a bug sweep, or even TSCM, it’s Advanced TSCM.

“I thought all bug sweeps were basically the same. What is Advanced TSCM?”

Advanced TSCM explained iconsA simple bug sweep is a cursory look-see for obvious electronic surveillance devices. It doesn’t require much skill, knowledge or instrumentation. Yet, it is the most costly, based on the actual value provided—you get very little for your money. A simple bug sweep often leaves behind a false sense of security; worse than a healthy sense of caution. This is not advanced TSCM.

TSCM is the acronym for Technical Surveillance Countermeasures. It is a more detailed inspection than a simple bug sweep, but it is specifically focused on detecting electronic surveillance. While this might appear to be the point of the exercise, we disagree. Conversations and information fall into the wrong hands in more ways than just electronic surveillance.

What you really want is…

“Keep my information and conversations secure, now and in the future, no matter what methods are being used to against me.”

TSCM and simple bug sweeps don’t address this. Advanced TSCM does.

The Murray Associates Advanced TSCM Inspection

A Murray Associates advanced TSCM inspection is holistic. It provides more than a bug sweep or traditional TSCM. We take all aspects of information security into consideration.

We do TSCM differently. Your information and privacy will be protected much more effectively. The best part, doing it the right way hardly changes the price, and greatly increases effectiveness. It takes a broad security background, technical skills, and a common sense approach to information security. Many claim these talents, few prove it.

Advanced TSCM vs. the common Bug-Centric Mindset

Maximum information security protection and personal privacy is obtained if and only if the TSCM inspection is implemented holistically.

Many companies offer simple “bug sweeps” and traditional TSCM, but few understand that privacy protection is a multifaceted process. Executed correctly, you gain a protective envelope – ensuring your intellectual property and privacy stays safe and intact. A simple bug sweep doesn’t do this.

Advanced TSCM considers the following:

  • audio bugs / video bugs / data eavesdropping bugs,
  • optical surveillance,
  • networking issues,
  • teleconferencing wiretaps and vulnerabilities,
  • boardroom audiovisual equipment compromises,
  • covert video voyeurism in expectation of privacy areas,
  • Wi-Fi hacks, vulnerabilities, security and compliance,
  • non-electronic information security vulnerabilities,
  • outdated and decaying security hardware,
  • missing, ineffective or lax information security procedures,
  • poor employee implementation of existing security policies,
  • abuse of vulnerabilities of everyday office technologies,
  • architectural shortcomings which promote information loss,
  • maintaining legal status for your business and trade secrets in court,
  • your future plans, which might change the security landscape,
  • and additional considerations unique to your organization.

Anything less is a security mental Band-Aid that masks vulnerabilities instead of solving them.

Typically, our technical surveillance surveys are conducted quarterly or biannually. In critical cases, they are conducted more often, depending on an organization’s needs and concerns.

Murray Associates Advanced TSCM is a comprehensive inspection methodology that includes the items described above, implemented based on your individual needs.

No two businesses or individuals are the same. We create a plan that fits the needs, and dovetails with your business or privacy goals. We collaborate with you to develop your counterespionage strategy rather than upsell services that aren’t fruitful.

Your information security, eavesdropping, and privacy concerns can be solved, using our combination of:

  • Electronic Surveillance Detection (To detect illegal audio, video and data surveillance.)

  • Information Security Analysis (Verification of current security procedures, with enhancement recommendations.)

  • Physical Security Survey, to amplify the effectiveness of the first two items above.

Planning Your Protection Strategy

Keeping conversations safe from eavesdropping, and intellectual property safe from theft requires a counterespionage strategy. Developing a protection strategy is not difficult, but it does take some thought and experienced guidance. Without this help, the strategy can easily become flawed and expensive.

We will help you create a serious, well-planned protection strategy.

The best part… your protection will be very cost-effective. Just ask us. Our help with this is free, and there is no obligation for you.


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Advanced TSCM by Murray Associates

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 Workplace Inspections

  • Law offices
  • Boardrooms
  • Trading floors
  • Executive suites
  • Conference rooms
  • Board meeting inspections
  • Info-loss vulnerability surveys

Proactive Wi-Fi Cyber Espionage

Optical Surveillance Detection

Vehicle Inspections

  • Eavesdropping Detection
  • GPS Tracking Detection
  • Limousines
  • Aircraft
  • Yachts

Intellectual Property Protection Information Security Audits

Residential Inspections

Have a Question About TSCM?

If you have any questions about the TSCM services provided by Murray Associates, simply fill out the form below, or call us from a safe area and phone. If you think you are under active electronic surveillance, or believe you have discovered a bug or covert video camera, go to our Emergency TSCM page. The procedural checklist there will tell you exactly what you need to do next.