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New Study Exposes Visual Hacking as Under-Addressed Corporate Risk


Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

 Powered by Max Banner Ads ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–While most security professionals focus on thwarting data breaches from high-tech cyber attacks, a new study exposes visual hacking, a low-tech method used to capture sensitive, confidential and private information for unauthorized use, as an under-addressed corporate risk. The 3M Visual Hacking Experiment, conducted by Ponemon Institute on behalf of the Visual Privacy Advisory Council and 3M Company, a leading manufacturer of privacy filters, found that in nearly nine out of ten attempts (88 percent), a white hat hacker was able to visually hack sensitive company information, such as employee access and login credentials, that could potentially put a company at risk for a much larger data breach. “In today’s world of spear phishing, it is important for data security professionals not to ignore low-tech threats, such as visual hacking,” says Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of Ponemon Institute. “A hacker often only needs one piece of valuable information to unlock a large-scale data breach. This study exposes both how simple it is for a hacker to obtain sensitive data using only visual means, as well as employee carelessness with company information and lack of awareness to data security threats.” During the study, […]

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