Whitepaper: Are Printers Your Achilles Heel?

Whitepaper: Are Printers Your Achilles Heel?

While desktop and laptop computers, mobile phones, point-of-service (POS) systems, and other devices connected to the network are all secured and tightly managed to prevent attacks, research shows printers are a “soft target in the enterprise that can make an attacker’s job much easier.”

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So why do so many enterprises overlook their printers? Modern multi-function printers (MFPs) are basically self-contained computers, and they connect to the network and internet to provide a range of services beyond just printing. However, HP found that 60 percent of companies have unsecured printers. A separate IDC report showed that only 33 percent of organizations in the U.S. have security policies that explicitly include printers. Less than 20 percent see security as a primary consideration when procuring printers.

The impacts of these vulnerabilities are clear. A Ponemon study on network-connected printers found 61 percent of enterprises have suffered at least one data loss event through unsecured printing.

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