Shoulder Surfing Prevention with Automatic PC Lock.
A shoulder surfing attack is a form of social engineering that involves looking over a victim's shoulder to secretly gain their login information by watching or recording their keystrokes. Popular examples of criminals employing shoulder surfing involves looking over an individual's shoulder while they type their password for their computer or PIN for their debit card at an ATM. Many times, the attacker will position themselves properly to be able to see a user's keystrokes. Attackers can be physically near the victim, use high-powered binoculars from a safe distance, or even use unsecured CCTV camera footage to see what username and passwords were typed.
The most dangerous situation is when you have an insider threat that has easy access to the location of the attack. Many times, the location of the victim is "static", allowing criminals ample opportunity for preparation for more complicated and dangerous social engineering attacks. For example, ATMs are static, workstations are usually well-established in offices, tables and benches in public locations or shops are usually fixed and don't change positions often.
GateKeeper Proximity helps admins and users combat shoulder surfing attacks by offering strong 2FA and continuous authentication. This way, even if the attacker was able to successfully shoulder surf a victim's PIN, they would still need to gain physical possession of the victim's token. This is a defense in depth against possible identity theft through shoulder surfing social engineering.
Employees working from home means they could be living with others, working from public places such as coffee shops or public benches. The risk factors sky-rocket with passing strangers, unsecure CCTV cameras recording user's keystrokes. If 500 employees are "working from home", that's 500 new vulnerable situations outside of the secure office they once worked from. A secure office provides strong levels of defense against many social engineering attacks. However, in public, it's the Wild West - opportunistic strangers, people sitting behind users, store cameras, criminals that specifically look for targets in predetermined locations, etc.
GateKeeper™ ensures that watching a victim's keystrokes won't be sufficient for an attacker to gain access. GateKeeper also protects against tailgating by ensuring that the computer locks as soon as the owner walks away - excellent security mechanism for employees working from home/public places surrounded by the unpredictable.
For any additional questions or concerns regarding GateKeeper™ continuous authentication, security, proximity settings, computer locking, credential management, or compliance, please contact GateKeeper Enterprise support using the Support Ticket form on https://gkaccess.com/support/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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