Steve Whitehead, May You Rest in Peace

April 23, 2019

Steve Whitehead
(ERII Advisor)

It is with great sorrow that The Espionage Research Institute International (ERII) reports today on the passing of our esteemed colleague, ERII Advisory Board Member Steve Whitehead of South Africa.

Steve’s contributions in the fields of TSCM, Cyber TSCM, counterespionage and counterintelligence in South Africa were both significant and outstanding. As well, his contributions as a longtime member of ERII and trusted ERII Advisory Board Member had both a remarkable and substantially positive impact on the global TSCM community. Steve’s knowledge and commitment to his craft, and the betterment of the TSCM community as a whole, were evident. Steve was the “consummate professional,” a respected leader in the TSCM/CYBER TSCM community, and a man of honor and integrity. Steve will be truly missed, and fondly remembered, by his family, friends and colleagues.

So long my friend. I look forward to seeing you in heaven one day.

J.D. LeaSure, Director, The Espionage Research Institute International

Condolences may be sent to:

Family of Steve Whitehead

PO Box 16063




South Africa

Steve’s Bio:

Steve Whitehead is the Managing Executive of CBIA. Corporate Business Insight & Awareness (CBIA) is a small boutique firm that was founded during March 1994 by likeminded professionals with diverse inter-disciplinary competencies to provide insight and awareness solutions through the use of CI and counterintelligence as risk management tools to corporations in South Africa.  CBIA has its own TSCM division, Eavesdropping Detection Solutions®. Steve has played a major role in the development and promotion of the use of competitive intelligence (CI) and counterintelligence as a risk management tool. He is one of the most experienced consultants in this unique field in the World.

Steve is a member of Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) (USA), a founding and former executive member of the South African Association of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SAACIP). He is the chairperson of Business Espionage Countermeasures South Africa (BECSA), a counterespionage association. He served as the ASIS International, Johannesburg (chapter 155) chairman from 2004 – 2007. He was a nominee for the 2005 SCIP Board of Directors and the recipient of two SAACIP awards; the SAACIP ‘Meritorious Award’  (1st Recipient) and the SAACIP ‘Certificate of Merit’ for his contributions to the development of competitive intelligence and business counterintelligence as risk management tools in South Africa.

Steve has recently been appointed as a consultant to the BRICS Expert Advisory Group on Cybersecurity to the South African government. Steve is considered to be the “father” of TSCM (technical surveillance countermeasures) in South Africa. He founded TSCM Services® in 1996. TSCM Services through its approach, various offerings and training courses brought respectability to the private TSCM industry in South Africa. He founded the Countermeasures Association of South Africa (CASA) in 2000.

Steve is a former senior Government intelligence specialist and held the rank of Manager (Director) in the South African National Intelligence Agency (NIA) when he resigned in March 1994. In his early career, he served for a short while in the South African Police where he held the rank of Lieutenant. 

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A fitting tribute to the gentleman. Rest in peace Steve.

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