Executive Risks Intensified Throughout Pandemic, Study Finds


This article was originally featured in ASIS Security Management.

The scenic neighborhood of Pleasure Point Drive in Santa Cruz, California, was shockingly disrupted in the early hours of 1 October 2019 when Tushar Atre was dragged from his home by three assailants. By 9:00 a.m., the namesake and then-CEO of tech company Atrenet was found dead by way of a gunshot wound. Police arrested the four men suspected responsible eight months later, including two employees of Atre: Lindsay and Kaleb Charters.

This crime is an example of the numerous threats executives face, including those posed by the very people they employ. According to a recent study commissioned by the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence, Mid-Year Outlook 2021: State of Protective Intelligence Report, 24 percent of physical security and IT leaders said that since the beginning of 2021 their CEO and/or family members received threats and/or were harmed when working from their private residence or while traveling as a result of intelligence failures. Equally alarming is that 15 percent of respondents said their company had also received executive kidnapping threats since the beginning of 2021. These statistics are not anomalies but trends that should not be ignored.

The first step in shining a brighter light on this issue is understanding the unique threat landscape affecting executives, their families, and the company.

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