Client’s Challenge: Concerns About Electronic Espionage Drive a Major Aerospace Firm to Empty Its HQ.
There are very few reasons a major enterprise would shut down its global headquarters for 10 hours, reduce staffing to a bare minimum, relocate its security command center to a separate redundant location and close down all electronic systems to a minimal load. One of them, as its Chief Security Officer explained, is concern about electronic eavesdropping.
Our Solution: The Hillard Heintze TSCM Team Moves In – for 10 Hours.
“Our strategic interests are at risk here,” he pointed out. “Your team has 10 hours to conduct its sweep. You need to be done at 0600 hours. All systems will be restarted fifteen minutes later.” Hillard Heintze had just completed an assessment of the headquarters’ security operations. Its experts had determined that the corporation was most at risk of electronic eavesdropping equipment clandestinely placed in key areas of critical facilities and property.
Impact on the Client: Findings Communicated. Countermeasures Addressed. All Clear.
Hillard Heintze conducted a meticulous sweep of the areas most susceptible to listening devices – such as the boardroom, executive offices, research laboratories and manufacturing office spaces. Even corporate aircraft utilized by senior executives were thoroughly inspected. This practice, known as Technical Surveillance Counter Measures, involves searching for high-frequency signals and electrical pulses emitted by devices that could capture and transmit data or communications, whether they are private conversations or digital correspondence. Hillard Heintze employs technicians with decades of experience protecting our nation’s highest leaders and facilities from state-sponsored espionage.
Unplugged: The Project Manager's Post-Engagement Perspective
“By the time you find a device, you’re too late. Better to do regular TSCM sweeps as one element of a strong counterintelligence strategy. This is a critical means of countering corporate and state-sponsored espionage, protecting intellectual property, preventing brand damage and ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of strategic planning.”