Offices and other computer-equipped public spaces in corporate settings need protection against “visual hacking” from visitors or intruders with hostile intentions. Ponemon Institue recently sent a “white hat hacker” into eight U.S. companies disguised as a part-time worker “to try and hack sensitive or confidential information using only visual means.” It wasn’t all that hard.
“The information captured includes employee contact lists, customer information, corporate financials, employee access and logging information, and credentials or information about employes…In 88 percent of attempts,” Larry Ponemon on Information Week’s Dark Reading blog advises, “the white hat hacker was able to visually hack sensitive information from a worker’s computer screen or hard copy documents. With identity and access information or login credentials (really, the ‘keys to the kingdon’) in the hands of the bad guys, our corporate data is at serious risk for a much larger data breach.”
Privacy filters for computer screens are one of the means Ponemon mentions for protecting against such snooping attacks.