Violence in the Workplace Still Number One Security Threat for Fortune 1000
Corporate Security Managers -- Pinkerton's Annual Security Survey Also Shows
Concern about Pre-Employment Screening
Story Filed: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 8:02 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, Apr 3, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- 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, America's leading security firm.
"For three years now, security managers have told us workplace violence is
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," said Don W. Walker, president of Pinkerton, adding,
"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
Internet/intranet security, including threats posed by hackers' viruses such
as the "I Love You" Virus, placed second on the list, for the second year
running. As Walker stated, "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:
1. Workplace Violence
2. Internet/Intranet Security
3. Employee Selection/Screening Concerns
4. Fraud/White-Collar Crime
5. Business Interruption/Disaster Recovery
6. General Employee Theft
7. Hardware/Software Theft
8. Drugs/Alcohol in the Workplace
9. Unethical Business Conduct
10. Property Crime (external theft, vandalism)
The annual Pinkerton survey has become the standard in annual measurement of
Corporate America's thoughts on security. Of the 1,169 questionnaires mailed,
220 were completed, representing a 19% response rate.
Pinkerton's survey results underscore the pervasive nature of the workplace
-- Each workday, an estimated 16,400 threats are made, 723
workers are attacked and 43,800 are harassed (Workplace
Violence Research Institute).
-- More than 1,000 U.S. workers are victims of homicide at work
each year (OSHA).
-- A study by a major life insurance company found that one in
four full-time workers has been harassed, threatened or
attacked, and that co-workers accounted for most of the
harassment, followed by customers.
-- Approximately two million assaults and threats of violence
occur each year in the workplace (United States Department of
-- Estimates suggest that workplace violence costs U.S.
businesses as much as $4.2 billion annually.
The Pinkerton "Top Security Threats and Management Issues Facing Corporate
America" report is available by mail or downloadable from Pinkerton's Web
site, www.Pinkertons.com. Media can register for download from the Web site
or request a copy by mail by calling 800/232-7465.
Pinkerton was America's first private investigation firm, founded in 1850,
and is the leading provider of security solutions, including uniformed
security officers, consulting and investigations, business intelligence,
security systems integration and employee selection services. The company
lists more than 80 percent of the Fortune 1000 as its clients and has its
U.S. headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Pinkerton is a member of the
Securitas Group, which is listed on the Swedish Stock Exchange. Securitas is
a world leader in security with operations mainly in Europe and the USA in
Security Services, Security Systems and Cash Handling Services. Securitas has
annual revenues exceeding $5 billion USD and more than 210,000 employees.