Analysts project that by 2020, there will be more than 25 billion connected devices powering businesses. At least 70 percent of today’s successful data breaches originate from endpoints. While your organisation might consider employee laptops and mobile devices as pieces of your endpoint strategy, way too many of us fail to recognise that breaches may also originate from unsecured, connected endpoints, like a router or printer that’s completely unsecured and susceptible to attacks.
Hackers worm themselves into a company’s network by manipulating human error, like sending a phishing email or convincing someone to release their password over the phone during a verbal phishing attack.
Now you know why should printer security become an integral part of any security strategy? Unlike the printers of yesteryears, today’s printers, such as multi-function printers (MFPs), increasingly resemble personal computers and laptops. Many printers also possess similar components as other endpoint devices, such as disk drives, operating systems and even built-in network capabilities. However, as fully functioning endpoint devices, their data are hardly encrypted, while printer security requirements are hardly understood or even defined.
Printer maintenance and repair tasks often reset the devices to their factory settings, which leaves them even more insecure. In addition, the physical security of printers is also crucial. It is also important to note that the shared network printer output tray is where many sensitive documents, such as financial statements, customer information, and proprietary data lay.
So like PCs or any mobile devices, printers need to be afforded the same degree of protection.
Reports say that only 18% of companies are aware of this Printer Security and have applied Secure Print Solutions successfully.
What about you?