Visual Hacking, An Overlooked Threat

C. Kirkebby
Covert Inkā„¢ (a brand of Inkable Arts), United States

Keywords: visual hacking, resilience, data protection, office, solutions, cyber threats,

Data breaches can cost a company millions of dollars and compromise both client data or high-security information. Corporations and government agencies are spending huge sums of money assessing the online threats and how to mitigate the impact of a breach. according to the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers report on "The Cost of Malicious Cyber Activity to the U.S. Economy," malicious cyber activity in 2016 cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion. Data breaches are often only a visitor away. A current trend in corporate offices includes spaces implementing an expansive use of architectural glass walls. However, a study by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by 3M in 8 countries found "visual hacking" to be a serious data security problem that is often overlooked. The study was run in the U.S., China, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. In the study, the visual hackers were successful 92% of the time and were able to hack an average of 3.8 pieces of sensitive data (5.1 in the U.S.) in 15 minutes. The hackers retrieved sensitive computer data 52% of the time and went completely unchallenged, 68% of the time.