An architectural engineering firm purchased a historic building which had been a bottling plant. They wanted to move their offices into it and put a lot of effort into renovating the building, inside and out. The building was modernized but kept the quaint flavor of its original design. The company installed a typical corporate network to support their administrative functions and CAD workstations for the architects and designers. High-speed Internet connectivity allowed the architects, designers and management to securely access the corporate network from remote locations while meeting with their customers and making design changes. The building renovation was a success.
The company offered many related services to its clients, including property acquisitions, working with municipal offices, and obtaining permits, etc. Often, the architectural firm would hold meetings with their clients to discuss architectural issues and design changes. These meetings often involved business strategies and planning sessions regarding banks, local ordinances and other legal matters. Much of the information was confidential intellectual property for both the architectural firm and their clients. If the client's competitors learned of the business strategies revealed in these meetings, the client could lose a strategic advantage.
After some time, the architectural company realized that the details of some of its private meetings must have been leaked to the public. On a few occasions, the architectural firm was in discussion with clients about acquiring certain properties and out of the blue these properties were swooped up by another company in the same industry. Yet other times, while dealing with local governments to obtain re-zoning, variances, permits, etc. all was going well until they hit a brick wall, which apparently was quietly supported by competitive companies. They wondered if they were the subject of corporate espionage.
The architectural firm hired a security expert to explore the issue. Aware of DSAT's NoiseBathTM technology, the security expert recommended that DSAT be invited to consult with the architectural firm. Our analysis found several weaknesses that left the firm vulnerable to the over-hearing of meetings by passers-by. There were also some large windows facing the street and opposing buildings easily targeted by electronic eavesdropping and surveillance. We also found there was an elevator shaft running along a wall of a third floor conference room. It picked up conversations from the conference room and acted like an echo chamber, allowing people on the lower floors to hear the meetings. We recommended a custom installation of NoiseBathTM technology as well as some sound-proofing techniques to solve the vulnerabilities we uncovered.
Our testing revealed that the conference room was secure from electronic surveillance and the acoustic properties of the elevator shaft was quieted upon installation of the NoiseBathTM. Additional security measures were recommended for the building, such as video surveillance of the property and visitor security policies. This would secure their business and intellectual property from competitors and adversaries and allow business to boom, once again.