Hello, everyone. And welcome back to Sai Berries and user Physical Security. Course I'm your instructor. Corey holds her, and this is lesson to 0.5 counter surveillance.
In this lesson, we're gonna discuss why individuals with surveilled company
We'll also discuss why we need to stop those people from surveilling the company and talk about what means were at our disposal to stop surveillance.
So when we normally think of surveillance, we think of spy craft. You can talk about the family that was found guilty of treason because they collected information about Pearl Harbor, about the comings and goings of the ship in that naval station
leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. And that's usually what we think of its bought. Basically, surveillance is about gathering information from a safe distance
and also to ensure the success of some future event. It's really planning for that event,
so why do we want to stop them? Well, it's obvious we want to protect employees. We want to protect the business, and we want to protect its trade secrets. Let's say, for example, someone wants to steal the company's big plans for its next
widget that it's going to develop that's gonna rev allies revolutionized. Excuse me, revolutionize the
They could set up cameras, listening devices, boom mikes like you see in football games and other technological means, and sick and watch the building. And if that meeting is taking place in a in a
conference room that has a lot of windows, it's exposed that can be easily observed.
They can collect all the information about that widget months before it ever hits the market. And potentially, if there
business trade secrets, they might sell it to a competitors so that they can get the widget to market sooner.
So what's counter surveillance? Well,
as Merriam Webster defines here, it's the way to stop the process of surveillance by
ultimately an adversary,
Whatever, for whatever means, whether he's a disgruntled employee,
that criminal who wants to, to steal and then sell the trade secrets, what have you
So what is the role of counter surveillance thing? Well, counter surveillance, something the government does
and businesses can and Canon have learned from this
it's about denying the adversary his attempts to surveil the company.
This can be done.
maybe by positioning within a building, a sensitive areas of the building might be below ground. Or they might be in the interior of the building where they can't necessarily be directly observed from from the exterior, requiring someone to have to go inside.
And ultimately, it's about protecting trade secrets and knowledge capital.
How do we defeat
surveillance? Well, one. Roving security first and foremost, getting our security forces outside of the building in and around the campus.
They might spot the person with the camera. Hopefully challenge him. Say, why are you here? You know, what are you doing? Maybe called law enforcement to say this person is trust passing and needs to be
taken into custody.
We can do that. Use things like cameras. We talk about talked about this before. Cameras can look in a 360 degree view, and they never get tired so they can help
other things for counter surveillance, which would actually actively stop, they're surveilling process metal blinds
not as much with today's technology, but still but still possible. One of the things with older TV screens, particularly when they had they were to TV's or you had the big monitors
We're using tube technology, their radio emissions with the right equipment. Someone could basically be outside the window with the right electromagnetic receiving equipment
and actually be able to analyze what was being seen on the screen. They wouldn't actually have to directly see what was on the screen,
but the electromagnetic transmissions could be captured. That's why using things like metal blinds will stop something like that. It acts, actually is natural interference.
Then building design is a big thing, not only where you place the those sent more sensitive parts of your business that deal with the more sensitive information, putting them inside in the interior of the building or
below the basement, for example.
This is a way to actually,
protect and stop surveillance.
So let's do a quick check on learning
all of the following your reasons for employing counter surveillance except
protecting the employees, protecting business, protecting personal property or protecting trade secrets.
And the answer is
obviously it's about protecting personal property.
I don't know, but I don't know about you, but I've been in many, many,
uh, businesses and and business complexes where one of the things that they clearly post in their parking areas. And even as you come inside the door, we're not responsible for anything left in your car or left in one of our security lockers.
that might seem a little counterintuitive, but ultimately, the point is, is that thes thes lockers where they ask you to secure your phone because you can't bring it into the building is really just for
securing it from you using it as a surveillance tool. IE recording conversations without people knowing maybe snapping a few pictures inside the building. They don't want you to do that
taking pictures of sensitive information written on a white board, for example.
Um, but ultimately they're not. They're not worried about protecting your personal property. They're more worried about protecting the employees, the business and its trade secrets.
In summary, we discussed why someone would surveil a company. We talked about how why we want to stop them. And then ultimately, we talked about the means that are available to a business as part of its physical security posture to stop surveillance. I'm gonna thank you for taking time for joining me in this lesson.
I look forward to seeing you in the next module