Keeping Print Secure
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Highly publicised data breaches leave organisations in no doubt about the scale of cyber threats, yet few appreciate that printers and the networked print estate are a potential vulnerability. Like PCs, laptops and servers, the printer is a networked endpoint device, which means it’s a potential target for cyber criminals. In fact, it’s the lack of understanding and attention to detail in print management that has made printers an increasingly popular target for attacks:
Data leaks may result in fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover (EU General Data Protection Regulations, 2018.) Cyber attacks are on the increase and print devices are increasingly a target. New printers facilitate mobile printing which increases risks unless properly managed.
60% of companies have had a data breach involving printers 1
35% of security breaches are related to print security deficiencies 2
At Ergo, we have been combating security vulnerabilities in the print estate for over 20 years. The secret of delivering a secure print environment is attention to detail and having the expertise to know how to eradicate the vulnerabilities around networked hardware. Modern printers, copiers and multifunction devices (MFDs) store confidential information as well as produce hard copy documents. They are often integrated into business process. This is why they demand their own protection protocols that align to wider security policies.
1 Ponemon Institute, ‘Insecurity of Network-Connected Printers’, October 2015
2 IDC, October 2015
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