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Counter‐Espionage | Pro‐Active Due Diligence
November 2016 Technical Research and Standards Group (TRSG)
Understanding the real‐world numbers behind Probability of Detection (POD) that are oftentimes misrepresented by manufacturers and technical operators alike, when only applied to equipment resources or within the definition of a limited Scope of Work (SOW) deployment is a new reality. It is essential to look at Probability of Detection (POD) somewhat differently in a modern threat environment perspective. As noted in the October 2016 newsletter.
“In our experience and review of available information, up to 95% of technical operators continue to conduct RF spectrum analysis, as “snapshot” style, spot checks, to reveal potentially hostile signals within the target area. Periodic RF sweeps that might be conducted for a few hours a couple of times a year or even quarterly, simply no‐longer meet an acceptable level of due‐diligence and fail to meet more stringent real‐time threat detection requirements for the type of periodic digital signals present in today’s ambient RF spectrum environment. Outdated and obsolete detection strategies and practices can no longer mitigate the threat of economic espionage and other potential technical compromises”. In a modern threat environment,Probability of Detection (POD) is at an all time industry low, given the periodic nature of extremely complex modulation schemes in an everything wireless spectrum environment. This complexity demands a new and aggressive approach, supplemented by an increased time‐on‐target protocol that can only be achieved by Remote Spectrum Surveillance and Monitoring (RSSM) TM.
Firewall | Anti‐Virus Analogy
A strong analogy for comparative purposes might be the fact that no organization would ever consider turning‐off their network firewall or anti‐virus software at the end of the business day, or only operate them for a few hours several times a year for cyber security mitigation. However, the vast majority of private and public sector organization do just that with their only real line of defense against potentially devastating incidents of economic espionage and information theft, by only conducting periodic sweeps for a few hours, several times a year. The vast majority of organizations fail to conduct any measure of Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) at all, leaving them vulnerable to an undetected technical attack. RSSM TM
requires that the technical operator and ultimately the end user understand that global economic espionage has taken a dramatic turn during the past decade, as significant changes in how corporations and governments do business at home and internationally, have opened the floodgates of opportunity, driven by aggressive state sponsored espionage players. Individual private offices have all but been replaced with trendy Ad Hoc shared work spaces, significantly increasing the potential for inadvertent disclosure of proprietary information, both from an insider threat and through traditional espionage activities, with virtually no controlled access to common work areas, within the modern workplace. Executives are integrating themselves into these common work areas under a so‐called open door policy, placing the organization at an even greater risk of compromise of comparative‐intelligence and economic‐espionage.
You cannot detect, identify, or locate a threat of which you are unaware of, or have no technical data to support a position on either side, as to whether a compromise exists, existed, or will exist in the time‐frame of an unknown future event. It is essential to understand that Probability of Detection (POD) is more than any single applied application.
Please contact Paul D. Turner, TSS TSI at Professional Development TSCM Group Inc. to learn about our professional TSCM services & training, or Kestrel ® Remote Spectrum Surveillance and Monitoring (RSSM) TM