At DPAS we travel for work a lot. With a new office in Huddersfield, our base in Exeter, and clients requiring onsite time nationwide, we get around. Often times, this is on public transport. Privacy screens can be vital to keeping our work secure.
We hear conversations wherever we go on the changes businesses are making. This often includes cultural shifts happening to protect data. We know that you are investing in compliance consulting, high tech cyber security, business improvement strategies and so much more. All of this goes out the door when staff work and access devices remotely, and they are not using privacy screens. I don’t need to be a tech savvy individual to access confidential data if your employees read information in public. This might be on their laptop or mobile phone when on the train, or in a café, or anywhere else where others can see them.
People are gradually shifting their behaviour in terms of phone calls in publicly accessible places. Sometimes this is using coded speech so that people within hearing distance find it harder to decipher meaning. People lock their screens when they step away from their device. This same shift must happen with privacy screens. At a minimal cost, they stop people being able to see the screen unless they are directly behind you and reading at the same angle as you are. They can be fixed so that you don’t need to think about it ever again. They screens can be removable, in case you want to share your screen with colleagues when showing them something.
When I checked last, an iPhone screen is about £8 and a laptop one £20.
This is money well spent. As the number of people working remotely and flexibly increase, the scale of the issue does too. Failing to use privacy screens makes the investment in your other cyber and onsite protection far less effective. There is no need to leave such a physical hole in the defences with privacy screens being so cheap and so accessible.