It’s no secret: Cyber attacks are on the rise, and while companies scramble to patch vulnerabilities in their networks, one area is often overlooked: Imaging equipment. Security breaches originating from printers, copiers, and multifunction devices are becoming increasingly common. How do you address these risks without sacrificing productivity? The answer is simple: Partner well. Armed with the right expertise, you can face these concerns head-on—before they become a problem.
This blog will explore three security questions that every organization should ask of their office technology partner. Let’s jump in.
1. How do we protect the data that flows through our imaging equipment?
You probably already have a system in place to protect your enterprise servers, but what are you doing about the hard drive that holds data processed during printing and faxing? This temporary data can be an easy foothold for attackers. Engage a system that overwrites this vulnerable temporary information. Automatic advanced encryption and overwrite technology can work behind the scenes to help protect the data used in scan, copy and print applications, both in-transit and while at rest.
2. How do we prevent our printer from becoming a Trojan Horse?
Vulnerabilities in your printing equipment can leave the door open for unwanted access. Poorly secured printers — like any network-connected device — can put at risk the data they process and the networks they use. Combat potential Trojan Horse access by securing your equipment, starting with firmware. It’s essential to protect the integrity of a device’s internal operating system to ensure that an intruder cannot control any aspect of it, or run malicious code through it. Protect yourself from outside attack with automated firmware comparison and correction.
3. How do we address the human element in data breaches?
Unclaimed documents are a familiar sight in most workplaces. But what happens when there’s confidential information contained within those documents? It’s an easy mistake to make, but the consequences can be dire if the right document gets into the wrong hands. Rather than trying to correct the behavior, try separating the steps of submission and retrieval. Locked print features – so called for the way they require users to unlock their jobs directly at the print terminal – can help you reduce unattended documents without overhauling the way people work.
Ready to secure your imaging devices? Whatever your concern — be it data loss, theft, compliance, or malicious entry — Knight Office Solutions can help you secure your imaging equipment. How do we do this? Simple. We only sell devices that are designed, manufactured and implemented with security as a core requirement.
Contact our experienced team to schedule a complete print security assessment today.