• Technical Surveillance Counter Measures - TSCM
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  • Counterintelligence
  • Cyber Counterespionage
Espionage Research Institute International

Glenn H. Whidden


In Memory 

Glenn Howard Whidden 1928 - 2011

Beloved Husband, Father, Mentor & Friend 

Rest in Peace


On Thursday, November 24, 2011; Glenn H. Whidden, 28 year veteran of The Central Intelligence Agency, Founder and President of The Espionage Research Institute (ERI), Passed this life.

BACKGROUND: Twenty-eight-year CIA veteran, retired 1974. Operated in 72 countries worldwide.

Field experience in most types of espionage activity, including mail intercepts, surreptitious entry, electronic eavesdropping and Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM). 

EDUCATION: Self-taught electrical engineer, government training in clandestine operations.

MOST INTRIGUING ASSIGNMENT: A few years ago Whidden returned to his former haunt, Moscow, to sweep the offices of a private business. He managed to ferret out a phone line bug, even though he worried -- unnecessarily, as it turned out -- that the eavesdroppers might be onto him. His host, in a misguided attempt at courtesy, had hired for Whidden a Russian driver, the sort who in the old days informed on tourists for the KGB.

OCCUPATION: TSCM, Whidden, Glenn H., Aurthor, The Ear: Volume I, II, III  The prestigious Technical Services Agency - Institute for Countermeasures Studies and Glenn Whidden (CIA-ret); Founder and Director of ERI.

President of Technical Services Agency Inc., a private firm that designs and markets electronic equipment for eavesdropping detection.

INSTRUCTOR: Institute For Countermeasures Studies (ICS), Implimented (Along with Dr. Norman R. Bottom) The Certified Counterespionage Information Security Management Certification (CCISM).

Holder of five U.S. patents. Part-time instructor, World Institute of Security Enhancement, Greensboro, N.C. Author of A Guidebook for the Beginning Sweeper; The Russian Eavesdropping Threat -- Late 1993; The Attack on Axnan Headquarters; and five other books on the subject of countereavesdropping. 

Coined the motto for ERI: "The Biggest Mistake That We Can Make Would Be To Miss the Changes".

Glenn will be dearly missed as we continue to strive fullfill his desire to “stop the bad guys”.

BBC productions video series, The Spying Game - "Walls Have Ears" which includes interviews with Glenn Whidden covering espionage and wiretapping tradecraft during the Cold War. Can be viewed here.

Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., is pleased to confirm that the 12th annual Canadian Technical Security Conference (CTSC) dates and venue have been confirmed at the NAV CENTRE located in Cornwall Ontario, Canada from Tuesday April 25, 2017 to Thursday April 27, 2017.

Registration for presenters, exhibitors and participants is now open for this not to missed 3-day Canadian Technical Security (TSEC) event.

Link: http://www.ctsc-canada.com/

Potomac Falls, VA - John Cheney Platt III (Jack), aged 80, died unexpectedly on January 4, 2017 of advanced esophageal cancer. Jack, also known as "Cowboy," served proudly as an officer in the United States Marine Corps followed by 25 years of service in the Central Intelligence Agency. He led a life full of intrigue, mystery and adventure serving his country abroad in Austria, Laos and France.

2016 Sponsors & Exhibitors

2016 Conference Sponsors

(Evening Reception Sponsor 09/09/2016)

Manufacturers of the ORION 2.4 HX NLJD; VPC 2.0 Video Pole Camera; OSCOR Green Spectrum Analyzer; TALAN Telephone and Line Analyzer.

2016 Conference Exhibitors


Developers of Kestrel TSCM Professional Software and providers of Technical Security Specialist Training.

USA Bugsweeps


USA Bugsweeps.com introduces a national advertising co-operative program to share national leads developed by radio and print advertising with protected territories.

BV Systems


BVS designs and manufactures wireless cell phone detection devices for TSCM, law enforcement, government and military security personnel around the world. 


Vector Tech

Elite TSCM Services and Secure Mobile Device Storage Solutions.


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