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Operating Under Surveillance

Learn how to detect surveillance and how to respond in such a way that you won't make your situation immeasurably worse.


3 hours


USD 285

Next Workshop

Fri, 20 Sep 2024

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Workshop Details

Surveillance of foreigners is commonplace in several countries, particularly countries with autocratic governments and insular societies. Surveillance can come in many forms, including audio surveillance in accommodation and vehicles, physical surveillance when outside, and tracking. If you detect surveillance, the biggest challenge you’ll face is identifying who is behind the surveillance. It’s difficult to determine whether your activities are being monitored or whether the surveillance is part of an operation to kidnap or kill you.

In this workshop, you’ll learn why different groups conduct surveillance, how they do it in practice, and what it means for you as a traveller. Most importantly, we’ll explain how to respond to surveillance in such a way that won’t inadvertently increase the risks to your personal safety.

What you will learn

The Operating Under Surveillance workshop will teach you the following:

  • Understand the different groups that might surveil foreigners
  • Understand the different types of surveillance
  • Understand the objectives of surveillance
  • Why surveillance matters (and why sometimes it doesn’t matter)
  • How to detect surveillance
  • How to determine the source of surveillance
  • How to respond if you believe you’re under surveillance
  • How to continue your activities when under surveillance

Ideal attendees

This workshop is perfect for individuals who frequently travel to higher-risk countries, such as:

  • Corporate executives
  • Non-government organisation workers
  • Journalists
  • Security specialists

This workshop is particularly relevant for people in sensitive roles, including journalists, consultants, and people likely to be of interest to the country’s security and intelligence services.


San Francisco: 08:00 | New York: 11:00 | London: 16:00 | Singapore: 00:00


There are no pre-requisites for this workshop.

Further learning

After completing this workshop, consider attending the Intelligence Operations workshop to further expand your skills.


Want to run this workshop for your organisation? Please reach out so we can learn more about your requirements.

Meet your instructor

Your instructor for the Operating Under Surveillance workshop - Grant Rayner - has 35 years of security experience in government, corporate security and security consulting roles. He has supported clients during various traveller emergencies, including major natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, and armed conflict. His extensive travels have taken him to diverse countries such as Syria, Somalia, Lebanon, Pakistan, and many other interesting locations.

He is the author of The Guide to Travelling in Higher-Risk Environments and the The Field Guide Series, and has written multiple articles on travel security.

Additional details

Training format

All workshops are conducted over Zoom. Detailed instructions for setting up Zoom will be provided in advance of the workshop.

Our informal training format encourages questions and fosters knowledge sharing amongst peers. The workshop format allows plenty of time for discussions and questions.

Group size

To ensure an optimal learning experience, we limit the number of workshop participants to between 6 and 12 people. If the workshop is undersubscribed, we may need to cancel. If the workshop is oversubscribed, we'll consider running an additional session.


The workshop will be delivered in English and any supporting materials will also be in English.


There is no assessment for this workshop.

Pre-workshop questionnaire

We'll send all participants a short questionnaire one week before the workshop. We'll use your responses to this questionnaire to get to know you a little better, to understand your motivations for attending the workshop, and to understand what you're hoping to gain from attending the workshop.

Workshop resources

Participants will have access to a set of workshop notes before the workshop.

We'll also set up a workshop workspace which participants will be able to access.

Participants will be able to continue to access these resources after the workshop.

We also encourage participants to take their own notes during the workshop.

Post-workshop feedback questionnaire

After each workshop, we'll you the link to a workshop feedback questionnaire. Your feedback will help us to improve the quality of our workshops.

Post-workshop support

We can offer limited post-workshop support to participants. This support may include follow-up consultations or email support, to address any questions or concerns that may arise after the workshop. This additional support can help reinforce the lessons learned and ensure the successful application of workshop concepts in real-life scenarios.


We require payment in full to secure a place in the workshop.

Payment is made via Stripe.

You will be provided a receipt by email.

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