I'm starting to study for Security+ using Darril Gibson's book. I took the pre-exam and one of the questions is “What is the most important security benefit of a clean desk policy?”
The choices are:
- Prevent illnesses due to viruses and bacteria
- Presents a positive image to customers
- Ensures sensitive data and passwords are secured
- Increases integrity of data
The bold answer is correct, and the author's explanation is: A clean desk policy requires users to organize their areas to reduce the risk of possible data theft and password compromise.
Can someone explain what an organized desk has to do with security? I think this question only applies if the user stores his password in paper format.