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Privacy in Organizations

Organizations and their IT departments spend millions protecting digital data, yet sensitive information can still be vulnerable to visual hackers. 3M™ Privacy Filters use advanced technology to block ill-intended views of screens in the workplace and on the go. It's an easy investment, especially considering the cost of a security breach and its negative impact on brand value, reputation and consumer trust.


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Don't let your company's sensitive data be the inflight entertainment.

Wandering eyes are everywhere. Protect data on your screens from visual hackers and show your commitment to security with 3M™ Privacy Filters.

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What's at stake? Anything and everything.

Organizations spend millions protecting their digital data, yet sensitive information can still be vulnerable to visual hackers. 3M Privacy Products use advanced technology to block ill-intended views, while providing a clear view for the user in front of the screen. It’s an easy investment, especially considering the potential cost of a visual hacking attack.

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    95% of all security incidents involve human error.1

    Your organization’s private information moves with your employees. Is it protected? All humans make mistakes. And confidential information displayed on screens may be a weak link in the IT security plans of many organizations. In today’s modern, mobile business environment, having a visual privacy plan is more vital than ever.

    1 IBM’s “2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index”

  • Illustration of visual hacker peeking at computer monitor

    Anyone can be a visual hacker—outside and inside the office.

    Visual privacy isn't just a concern outside your walls. How many visitors and contractors are in your office on a daily basis? It's not just your employees who may see sensitive data within your organization.


Which industries are at risk?

Most companies are at risk, but key industries should be particularly aware of visual privacy issues.

  • Healthcare

    Help keep your privacy in good health and supplement your organization's compliance program with certain industry standards.

  • Finance and Banking

    A worthy investment—help prevent the inadvertent compromise of client information and help financial institutions supplement their compliance program with certain industry standards.

  • Government

    Federal agencies must be especially vigilant to help keep proprietary information confidential.

  • Education

    Raise your hand if you're concerned about helping protect testing integrity and classroom technology.


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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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Privacy in Healthcare

Help keep your privacy in good health and and supplement your organization's compliance program.

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    $5.6 billion: Annual cost to US healthcare due to data breaches.2

    The healthcare industry is complex with unique challenges. The pressure to maintain patient privacy is ever increasing. And securing health information is a core requirement for Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs.

    2 Estimated annual cost based on 2014 Annual Study: Patient Privacy and Data Security, Ponemon Institute”

  • Healthcare about HIPAA compliance

    3M products may help supplement your HIPAA Compliance Program.

    3M Privacy Products are an easy solution to help supplement your overall compliance, including such regulations as HIPAA Omnibus Rule Provisions and HITECH. And since they help protect patient data from prying eyes, our products can help with peace-of-mind for patients and practitioners.

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Visual Hacking Key Risk Areas in Healthcare

  • Addressing risk areas in healthcare.

    When it comes to managing sensitive patient information and ensuring compliance with regulations, privacy is essential in healthcare organizations. There are a number of key areas in hospitals, clinics and medical practices where employees must be vigilant against visual hacking threats.

    Key Risk Areas

    • Open areas, corridors and waiting rooms
    • Scheduling stations
    • Computers-On-Wheels
    • Nurse stations and check-in monitors
    • Patient records and billing
    • Exam rooms
    • Offices near windows
    • Devices for mobile employees and executives


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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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Privacy in Banking and Finance

A worthy investment—help protect client and customer information.

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  • Infographic about data breaches

    $5.8 million: Average organizational cost of a data breach in the US.3

    With the heightened media attention and awareness around corporate data security breaches, it's more important than ever to consider your organization's policies around protecting visual privacy.

    3 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis," Ponemon Institute/IBM, May 2014”

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    3M Privacy Products may aid compliance with legislation and industry standards.

    3M Privacy Products provide visual privacy on monitors, laptops and mobile displays, helping to supplement an organization's compliance program for industry standards such as the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act and the PCI Data Security Standards.

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Visual Hacking Key Risk Areas in Finance

  • Addressing risk areas in finance.

    Banking and financial organizations know the value of customer privacy. In order to uphold compliance laws and protect sensitive financial information, banks and financial offices should ensure visual privacy in a numer of key areas.

    Key Risk Areas

    • Lobbies and high-traffic public areas
    • Open office floor plans
    • ATMs and kiosks
    • Drive-up teller windows
    • Teller workstations
    • Platform desks
    • Shared workspaces
    • Offices near windows
    • Devices for mobile employees and executives


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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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Privacy in Education

Raise your hand if you're concerned about protecting classroom integrity, technology and student private information.

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    44 states: Plan to adopt new online tests by 2014-2015 school year.4

    Monitor, laptop and even tablet screens are becoming ubiquitous in the classroom. And it’s important that each device remains protected from prying eyes. Particularly in computer labs and testing facilities where screens may be close together and easily seen by adjacent students.

    4 “Online Testing Revolution Comes to Schools." Washington Post (2012)”

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    Help protect privacy and technology investments with 3M.

    3M Privacy Products help provide protection against visual hackers and from the rigors of everyday use. They are an easy solution for helping protect your investment in your technology and your students. Not to mention the integrity of your educational institution.

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Visual Hacking Key Risk Areas in Education

  • Addressing risk areas in education.

    From admissions and administrative offices to study halls and exam rooms, schools and universities have no shortage of visual hacking risk areas. There are a number of important locations where leaders and teachers may want to focus their efforts on increasing visual privacy.

    Key Risk Areas

    • Lobbies and public areas
    • Open administrative offices
    • Classroom and faculty computer screens
    • Computer labs
    • Computerized testing areas
    • Libraries and shared study areas


Education Resources, News and Articles

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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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Privacy in Government

Federal, state and local government employees must be vigilant to keep information private.

Did you know?

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    650%: Increase in cyber-security breaches reported by gov. agencies in 2013.5

    Government employees view sensitive digital data on display screens every day. And as cyber-security risks increase and mobile use becomes more frequent, preventing visual data breaches is an ever-growing challenge.

    5 Government Accountability Office (GAO)”

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    Compliance with regulations like HIPAA, HITECH and FISMA is vital.

    Covering screens with 3M Privacy Products can help keep the public’s information private and protected from the prying eyes of visual hackers. They can also be an important step in helping to supplement your compliance with regulation such as HIPPA, HITECH, FISMA and more.

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Visual Hacking Key Risk Areas in Government

  • Addressing risk areas in government.

    Government employees must be especially vigilant at keeping the public’s information private. From federal buildings and offices to commuters and workers on the go, there are a number of areas that have a high risk of visual hacking.

    Key Risk Areas

    • Lobbies and public areas
    • Kiosks
    • Open office floor plans
    • Open cubicles
    • Shared workspaces
    • Offices near windows
    • Computerized testing areas
    • Police squad car computer screens
    • Devices for mobile employees and executives


Education Resources, News and Articles

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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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Articles, whitepapers, tools and resources to help educate yourself and your organization on the importance of visual privacy.

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