Visual data security statistics and associated potential fines should be kept in mind by all government departments.
80% chance that you’ve already become a victim of others reading over your shoulder 1
96% of data breaches in 2010 were avoidable 2
52% of laptop users in the UK are ignoring visual security issues 3
67% of working professionals surveyed in the US had worked with some type of sensitive data outside the office 4
Sources: 1 Research commissioned by 3M UK PLC 2007 2 Symantec Corporation – 2010 Annual Study: UK Cost of a Data Breach 3 Verizon – Data Breach Investigations Report 2011 4 Visual Data Breach Risk Assessment Study, by Herbert H. Thompson, Ph.D., Chief Security Strategist, People Security Consulting Services PLC, 2010.
All It Takes Is A Pair Of Eyes
It doesn’t take an IT security expert to gain access to confidential or sensitive data… just a pair of eyes. As it becomes more common practice for Ministers, Chief Executives and Staff to access and process information in non-secure locations such as on a train, in a cafe – even in open-plan offices – on-screen content can be easily viewed by someone unauthorised sitting next to, or simply passing by, a device user.
Comply With Security Policy Framework (SPF)
3M Privacy Filters and Screen Protectors can help compliance with SPF security controls which require computer screen displaying sensitive information to be cited or screened so they cannot be overlooked by unauthorised individuals. Similarly mobile workers must ensure their devices are visually protected when working on the go.
A Growing Number Of Departments Are Actively Upgrading Their Visual Security.
3M has been active in raising awareness of the issue with the UK government; as a result security policies are now being tightened. The Ministry of Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Cabinet Office, Department of Health and the Treasury are among the departments now encouraging the use of privacy filters to prevent unauthorised viewing of data.