A hacker often needs only one piece of information to expose a company to a data breach. While large-scale breaches may make headlines, today's leading security professionals understand that low-tech threats can be dangerous to exposing company and customer information. A new study looks to expose visual hacking, a low-tech method used to capture sensitive, confidential and private information for unauthorised use, as a growing area of concern that can no longer be ignored.
The 3M Visual Hacking Experiment, conducted by Ponemon Institute on behalf of the Visual Privacy Advisory Council and 3M Company, found that in nearly nine out of ten (88 percent) instances, a white hat hacker was able to visually hack corporate information, such as employee access and login credentials through various visual means, including viewing physical documents on desks or viewing data on screens. The findings reveal how easy it is for a visual hacker to obtain sensitive information using only visual means, playing on both employee carelessness with company data and the lack of awareness to low-tech security threats.