An eye-opening look at the need for visual privacy in the workplace.
With screens capable of displaying private information virtually everywhere, visual privacy is an issue every organization must consider. To see how easy it is to capture sensitive company information through visual hacking, 3M and the Visual Privacy Advisory Council worked with a third party organization (Ponemon Institute) to conduct an experiment in which an undercover white hat hacker was sent into several participating corporate offices.
The results serve as a good reminder of the importance of addressing visual privacy in organizations.
And learn how to help protect sensitive information from visual hackers.
An undercover white hat hacker was able to obtain sensitive information in 88% of trials.2
In nearly half of the trials an undercover visual hacker was able to obtain high level company information in 15 minutes or less.2
An undercover visual hacker saw an average of 5 pieces of sensitive information per trial, including corporate financials and confidential employee and customer information.2
The visual hacker was stopped in only 30% of attempts. Meaning 70% of the time no one did anything to stop them.2
1 Sponsored by 3M
2 Ponemon Institute, “3M Visual Hacking Experiment,” 2015, sponsored by 3M and the Visual Privacy Advisory Council.
Take the risk out of these key risk areas by addressing points of vulnerability in the workplace.
Understanding the methods of visual hackers can help to protect your visual privacy. Organizational leadership should focus on common points of visual hacking to help reduce vulnerability. Login credentials, classified documents, corporate financials and more are all at stake.
Virtually any screen you see can also be seen by a visual hacker.
Think outside your walls. In today’s modern, mobile business environment, having a visual privacy plan is more vital than ever.
3 "Technology’s Impact on Workers”, Pew Research Center, December 2014.