Does Print Security Really Matter?
Tue Jul 27, 2021
There’s been a sudden shift in conversation—everyone (in almost every industry) seems to be talking about security right now—more specifically, print security.
It could be because cybercrime has increased by 600% since COVID-19 began (PurpleSEC). It could also be because 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses (Cybint). Though, it’s probably a combination of a few staggering statistics like these.
So, the question then becomes, is it really worth investing in print security?
The answer is yes and here's why.
1. Your printers have access to your network!
Too many organizations are unaware of this. Your printers interact with important company data (probably some of the MOST important data) and they are connected to your network, which is connected to almost everything!
By investing in secure devices, you are investing in the security of your company.
2. Firmware that is not up to date can be really dangerous.
Firmware that is out of date opens the door for hackers to infiltrate. It should be regularly updated so that your access credentials are not compromised. Don’t make it easy for hackers to gain access to your most sensitive data.
3. The more devices you have connected, the greater chance you have at risking a vulnerability point.
At any office, there are multiple print and mobile devices that are connected, which can lead to data getting lost in motion. This increases the chance of a vulnerability and can make it easier for cybercriminals to access unauthorized data.
Let’s not forget—a cyber attack will not only cost your organization money but can significantly impact your company’s reputation. Being unprepared is just not worth the risk.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to increase your print security. Here’s what they are.
Invest in Secure Devices
Devices are now built with security in mind so if you’re using outdated equipment, you’re a few steps behind and you are doing your company a disservice. Updating your devices may seem like a headache now, but it’ll be much less of a headache than dealing with a cyber attack.
If you’re interested, you can check out our catalog of secure devices here.
Not sure if your device is secure? Contact us and we’d be happy to walk you through a print assessment.
Encrypt Your Data & Update Your Firmware
Encrypt any and all data that passes through your firmware. By doing this, you will be making it much more difficult for cybercriminals to get a hold of your data.
While you’re working on that...don’t forget to regularly update your firmware—it’s easy to do and important.
Implement Secure Pull Printing
With secure pull printing, all employees (and guests) will be required to have a PIN (or ID code and password) in order to print. They can send print jobs through at any time of the day, but will only be able to retrieve them once they enter their information. This will put an end to print jobs being left behind—meaning sensitive information will not be floating around on print output trays anymore.
Your printers play a significant role in your company. Keep them safe!
If you are interested in learning more or have any questions, simply contact us. We’re here to help.