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Violence in the Workplace Still Number One Threat
Violence in the workplace, and the damaging trauma caused by such events, continues to be the leading concern of security managers at America's largest corporations, according to "Top Security Threats," a survey of Fortune 1000 companies conducted annually by Pinkerton.
For three years now, security managers have proclaimed workplace violence as their number one security threat. But this year, a related concern, pre-employment screening, advanced from fifth to third place.
In a tight labor market, managers are worried about who they are hiring and the related security concerns.
Clearly, the threat of employee-generated or employee-related violence is causing consternation. This is a wake-up call to all managers to increase their awareness of the issues and establish crisis plans in the event of such incidents.
Internet/intranet security, including threat posed by hacker's viruses such as the "I Love You" virus, placed second on the list, for the second year running. The potential for theft of trade secrets and customer information, damage to sensitive data and interruption of commerce presents unprecedented vulnerability to businesses.
Ranked in order, the study revealed the following "Top 10" issues of greatest concern to corporate security directors: