The Scale of the Visual Hacking Risk, Implications and Prevention: Latest Guidance

Data security in Government and public sector departments is an increasingly important priority. 

In local government alone, there have been over 1000 cases of personal data being breached, stolen or hacked since 2008. And with the potential consequences and fines for losing confidential information being so severe, it’s important to ensure all devices are adequately protected.

Key findings from the most recent research incorporated within this paper include:

  • 9 out of 10 mobile working have caught someone looking over their shoulder in a public place
  • Personal data lost by hundreds of organisations 
  • Visual hacking attempts were succesful in 91% of attempts recorded 

An ICO spokesman said:

"It's vital that local authorities properly live up to their legal responsibility to keep personal data secure, particularly where it is sensitive information about children and young people.”

Open plan offices and hot desking environments are more common than ever, leading to an increased threat of data loss. It’s easy for an unauthorised individual sitting next to or simply passing by a device to catch a quick glance at confidential on-screen data.

The boom in mobile working also means Government and public sector staff are more susceptible to the threat of a data breach when working on the move. Coffee shops, train stations and airports provide causal passers-by and data thieves’ ample opportunity to sneak a peek at confidential onscreen information.

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