Visual Security In Legal Professions – A Brief Insight
Some Sobering Statistics
Visual data security statistics and associated potential fines should be kept in mind by all legal practices.
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
Source: 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 a firm’s, or its clients’, confidential data… just a pair of eyes. As more and more solicitors, lawyers and clerks access and process information in non secure locations such as on a train or 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.
Adhere To Bar Council And Law Society Guidelines
3M Privacy Filters and Screen Protectors can help Law firms comply with Bar Council guidelines which state companies should use ‘appropriate security technologies suitable for the particular device’ to protect confidential material. 3M Privacy solutions also help firms adhere to Law Society advice on ‘embedding core risk management, systems, policies and procedures’. And IPS, the independent regulator of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), guidelines that: “You have a duty of care to ensure the safety and security of electronic and paper documents in your possession. They must be stored safely and only disclosed to those entitled to receive them.”
A Growing Number Of Legal Practices Are Actively Upgrading Their Visual Security.
Leading firms of various sizes have recognised the consequences of visual data breaches. Having identified the increased risks associated with staff travelling, conducting meetings on-the-go in public places, and visiting clients, they are now introducing 3M visual security products to help protect their data wherever business is conducted.