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How vulnerable are your print devices?

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A large number of people still believe the security risk to their print devices is minimal, when in fact, according to Quocirca, nearly 90% of enterprises say they have suffered at least one data loss through unsecured printing. Unforeseen IT security threats are a constant challenge, and whilst many IT departments rigorously apply security measures to PCs and the business network, printing and imaging devices are often overlooked and left exposed.

A staggering 6 out of 10 companies’ printers are unsecure

Every year, millions of pounds are lost to security breaches. And that’s not taking into consideration the identify theft, tarnished reputation and litigation that could come with it. As firewalls, antivirus, email and web security software becomes stronger; cybercriminals are constantly searching to find the next weak spot to attack. And, in many cases, the weakest link and easiest point of entry to your managed print solution is via a networked print device. These printer security threats are real, and as printing and imaging devices become increasingly sophisticated, they offer greater opportunities for attackers to compromise the device or the entire network.

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The power of hacking

Attacks are not often widely publicised, unless the target organisation is obliged to announce their predicament. However earlier this year, a serious printer hacking case arose in colleges across the US with serious and negative implications for the organisations in question.

Students and staff at seven colleges including Princeton University, Northeastern University, UMass Amherst, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke, University of California at Berkley and Depaulia found flyers in computer printers and fax machines advertising Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website. The anti-Semitic literature appearing in the printer trays of computer labs prompted officials at several campuses to launch investigations amid heightened security concerns.

In this case, the security breach was actually promoted by the hacker, seeking infamy for his actions to show how easily this can be achieved. The hacker says that within a matter of minutes, he had access to around 29,000 printers connected to the internet which could be exploited through an open port, causing great concern.

The solution

This threat can be eliminated on all HP devices by using HP Security Manager. With 73% of CIOs expecting a major security breach within the next year, it’s time to develop and deploy an end-to-end printer security strategy.

HP JetAdvantage Security Manager is the most comprehensive printing security solution in the market, offering an effective, policy-based approach to securing HP printing and imaging devices before you experience the stress of a data breach – enabling you to protect your devices and the information that keeps your company running. The interface helps you streamline security by establishing a single policy and quickly applying it across your entire HP printing and imaging fleet.

HP Security Manager Quick Access, which can be deployed by DTP Print Specialists, allows customers to check up to 20 HP devices for the most common security issues. Watch this short video to learn more about HP business printing security solutions.

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Discover more with an assessment

Delivered as a free, hour long assessment by DTP in partnership with HP, our service runs and reviews risk assessment reports, identifying potential vulnerabilities within your print environment. Our audit will determine exactly how secure your printers and MFP’s are and quantify the level of risk your enterprise, network and data is exposed to. We can then recommend and implement a bespoke security solution that protects and secures your organisation against damaging and disruptive attacks.

A printer should be treated as an equal citizen to any other network-attachable device. To start the security conversation, please contact our print experts at managed-print@dtpgroup.co.uk or call 0113 276 0210.

For more information on the importance of securing your print devices and what IT leaders should do to protect themselves against attacks, download our ‘Network Print Devices: A clear and present security risk’ whitepaper.

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