Printer security breach? Not on your watch.

Posted by Jonathan Pavoni on Jul 21, 2016, 11:00:00 AM

hpsecurity.pngPrinter security is a very serious subject these days. A printer is basically a computer and it is usually connected to the internet to access a cloud or network. Many a hacker will try to infiltrate the printer first because it is typically the least protected and many people have access to it unlike an individual laptop or workstation. 

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Printer security is a very serious subject these days. A printer is basically a computer and it is usually connected to the internet to access a cloud or network. Many a hacker will try to infiltrate the printer first because it is typically the least protected and many people have access to it unlike an individual laptop or workstation. 

Printer security is an overlooked risk.

As shown in Figure 1, 64 percent of respondents say their organization assigns a higher data risk to desktop or laptop computers than printers. As a result, most (62 percent of respondents) are pessimistic about their ability to prevent the loss of data contained in printer mass storage and/or printed hardcopy documents. These printers are vulnerable to unauthorized access through open ports and protocols. Only 38 percent of respondents believe information contained in printer mass storage is thoroughly wiped clean during the disposal or refurbishment process.

Executive management, sales and human resources present the highest risk to the type of data generated and/or printed. While companies are in the dark about which printers are at risk, IT security can identify the departments or functions where the greatest printer security measures should be applied. Stopping unauthorized access to network-connected printers is often ignored.

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Only 34 percent of respondents say their organization has a process for restricting access to high-risk printers, including printed hardcopy documents. As a consequence, an average of 44 percent of network-connected printers within their organizations are insecure in terms of unauthorized access to data stored in printer mass storage and an average of 55 percent are insecure in terms of unauthorized access to printed hardcopy documents.

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To read more about printer security visit our website or contact Chris Gallagher at Green Office Partner a Xerox and HP Channel Partner. 312-399-5299 or cgllagher@greenofficepartner.com

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