As opposed to the multi-layered security approach offered in a guarded, secure corporate building, executives may be far more vulnerable when they are at their home, which is becoming increasingly normalized due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Media has speculated that this extended period of working from home will result in remote work becoming more common even after the pandemic is under control.
Executives are likely to have considered residential security in their primary residence. However, the pandemic has caused many to relocate to summer or country homes to escape highly affected cities. Second homes may be less hardened than the primary residence, making it easier for criminals to surveil and break-in. Furthermore, homes outside of the city are likely to be more remote, increasing the time it may take for responders to reach the home in case of an emergency.
Company websites, social media and information from data resellers easily supply an executive's name, phone numbers, names of relatives, a list of residential addresses, and more. With the knowledge that executives may be operating from sometimes remote or unsecured homes, criminals may seek to target them while they are in more vulnerable positions.
Insite has published a briefing titled Executive Security at Home as part of our COVID-19 Advisory Program. Our experts provide fresh thinking and workable solutions to protect senior leadership, their families and sensitive company information that is vulnerable now and in the foreseeable future.