Early this year, an estimated 150,000 owners of printers from different parts of the world got hacked. Those affected printed an ASCII robot (one line art) and a warning message informing owners that their printers were compromised. The hacker, said to be a high school student from UK, claims that he meant nothing sinister when he hacked these printers; he said his primary intention was to increase the awareness on the issue of print security. A similar case happened last year in the United States of America when printers of some colleges received anti-Semitic, racist fliers which were covered in swastikas. Unfortunate events such as these, as well as the growing percentage of enterprises, around 70% as per studies, experiencing printer security breach are some of the compelling reasons why organisations are seriously looking for measures to improve print security.
Just like computers, printers are vulnerable to hackers and malware attacks because many of them are connected to a network. In fact, these machines are already popular gateways for hackers and even employees who wish to steal sensitive information. A report that came out in 2016 claimed that 35% of security breaches are associated with poor or insufficient print security protocols.
Kinds Of Print Security Risks
The prevailing belief is that, when it comes to printers, sensitive data are only acquired when the device is hacked. The truth is, printer hacking is just one of the many ways confidential information gets stolen. Other big print-related security risks include document theft or snooping (when an unauthorised person picks up the document printed by another), recovering the saved copies from the device’s internal storage and unauthorised changes in printer settings. If the printer is connected to the Internet, the risks multiply. On top of sending printing jobs to the printer, hackers can remotely shut down the device or install malware on it.
What You Can Do To Have Better Printing Security
For business owners like you, preventing these security breaches is imperative unless you want to run the risk of damaging your reputation and losing a big chunk of your money. In 2013, the recorded average cost of data breach is around five million euros. So, what can you do to prevent your business from being a victim of these breaches?
You can start by improving the physical security of your printers. Placing them in an open area can discourage document theft or snooping and unauthorised access to stored documents. It is also recommended that departments handling sensitive information, including management, should have their own printers. These machines should not be accessible to other employees.
You can also invest in printers with improved security features. Currently, there are printing solutions like the pull or follow-me printing which require user authentication before documents are released from the tray. This security feature eliminates the risk of documents ending up in the hands of unauthorised people. Meanwhile, some are capable of tracking and recording print jobs. These tools can help you monitor printing practices in your office, specifically in identifying those who might be ignoring security protocols.
Lastly, you can tap the help of dealers or resellers of printers such as Intuity Technologies. Reputable dealers require the members of their staff to undergo training for them to have an in-depth knowledge of the different printers they are selling. Hence, their staff can give excellent recommendations on which printer best meets your business needs and addresses your security concerns.
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