With technology enabling more employees to work in public and increased regulations on data privacy and security, it's more important than ever for organizational leaders to address the threat of visual hacking within their policies and procedures.
To that end, the following Visual Privacy Readiness Checklist is designed to outline some steps leaders can take to raise awareness of the issues of visual hacking and visual privacy among their workforce. The goal is to prevent private, confidential and sensitive data from being displayed — and potentially visually hacked — in plain sight.
Visual Privacy Readiness Checklist
This Visual Privacy Readiness Checklist touches on three fundamental areas: educating your organization's workforce about the issue of visual hacking and the importance of visual privacy, creating specific policies to address these areas, and providing or suggesting solutions to prevent breaches.
Begin Educating your Organization
Implement Policies & Procedures
o Frequency of travel (flying, commuting on public transit, etc.)
o Sensitivity of data managed (financial, HR, customer data, etc.)
o Time spent working outside the office (accessing email and texts or working on sensitive documents)
o Level within the organization (senior management can be particularly at-risk given the "trade secret" or "confidential" information they deal with)
o On all in-office devices used by at-risk employees to access sensitive internal information (HR, customer data, etc.)
o On all devices used to access sensitive information in public areas (private patient or customer data)
o On all devices used by employees when working outside the office
o Masking of data along with hiding data length
o "No exposure" character-by-character masking
o "Brief exposure" character-by-character masking (popular on mobile devices to ensure accuracy of the data typed in a password field)
o Masking a data field only when the field is inactive
Enable Compliance by Providing Solutions
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