Surreptitious workplace recording becoming a growing organizational threat

The threat is both from insiders and potential corporate espionage


Tips for Management

As a security manager you must always be diligent when it comes to considering the potential threats to your organization’s data and privacy concerns. Here are some basics:

  •  Assume your discussions are being recorded.
  •  Before proceeding, ask if they are recording. Ask again during the conversation. If they say no and record anyway, well… juries don’t like sneaky liars.
  • Be professional. If you would not say it in a courtroom, don’t say it.
  • Red Flag – When an employee tries to recreate a previous conversation with you.
  • To increase due diligence credibility, have the TSCM debugging inspections conducted by an independent specialist.

Information losses, arbitration hearings and lawsuits are costly and embarrassing. Implementing a policy to mitigate this risk is very inexpensive insurance, and a good business practice. Do it today.

This security report is also available in electronic form with links to make sharing with colleagues easier. http://tinyurl.com/lbnz7nd

About the Author:

Kevin D. Murray CPP, CISM, CFE is a business counterespionage consultant with over three decades of experience. Feel free to contact him directly with your questions or comments at: http://counterespionage.com/contact.html

Information about Murray Associates electronic surveillance detection and business counterespionage services is available at: http://counterespionage.com/download.html

 

References:

[i] http://youtu.be/_9sPngNqsfA

[ii] http://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/industrial-espionage.asp

[iii] http://www.chron.com/business/sixel/article/One-third-of-workers-with-beefs-tape-their-bosses-1684505.php

[iv] http://www.businessinsider.com/smartphones-spying-devices-2011-7

[v] http://spybusters.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-annabel-melongo-eavesdropping-case.html

[vi] http://spybusters.blogspot.com/2013/10/bugging-boss-for-raise-lands-three.html

[vii] http://spybusters.blogspot.com/2012/12/spycam-story-664-this-month-in-spycam.html

[viii] Technical Surveillance Countermeasures

[ix] http://www.nlrb.gov/resources/national-labor-relations-act