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The State of Printer Security

The State of Printer Security

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Find out the surprising truth about the state of printer security in today’s corporate office environments, and why it is so important for information technology (IT) departments to take the necessary precautions to protect sensitive corporate data from growing security breaches and prevalent network vulnerabilities.
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Find out the surprising truth about the state of printer security in today’s home and office environments, and why it is so important to take the necessary steps to protect your data.

Your Unsecured Printer: A Hacker’s Dream

  • In 2016, there were 4,149 data breaches, which exposed over 4.2 billion records
  • There are almost 30 million printers and multifunction devices in the U.S. and Western Europe that are connected to a network.
  • Less than 2% of business printers are secure
  • Today, a printer is 68% more likely to be the source of an external threat or breach than it was in 2016, and 118% more likely to be the source of an internal threat or breach

If malware is installed on a printer, hackers can:

  • Send unauthorized print jobs
  • Gain access to confidential or sensitive information
  • Launch denial-of-service (DoS) attacks
  • Gain access to document copies

In a Spiceworks survey of 500 participants:

  • Only 22% of North American IT professionals recognize printers as a security risk
  • Only 52% of IT professionals worldwide include printing in their security policy

In an IDC survey of 440 participants:

  • 80% said IT security is important to their business processes, while only 59% said printer security is important to their business processes
  • More than 50% of organizations surveyed experienced an IT security breach, including print security, within the past 12 months

Organizations that initiated a print security program:
  • Experienced up to 6x fewer printer-related security breaches
  • Cut staff time needed to support their printer environments in half
  • Saved an average of 15% on paper, toner, and ink costs

Tips to Enhance Your Printer Security

Unsecured printer = Unlocked back door:

  • Check your network needs
    • Consider which of your printers need network access, and which do not
  • Encrypt your files
  • Update your printer firmware

Invest in secure printers that feature
  • Automatic attack detection, protection, and healing
  • Tracking to prevent unauthorised use
  • Simple sign-in options such as PIN or smartcards

HP Printer Security Features

  • HP Connection Inspector: Continuously monitors outbound connection requests, automatically forces reboot to initiate repair.
  • HP Security Manager Quick Assess: A free, one-hour printer security assessment with a skilled HP representative.
  • TPM Slot: Accessory allows you to store admin credentials, certificates, and encryption keys.
  • HP Sure Start: Detects and prevents execution of malicious code, prompting self-healing for the BIOS.
  • HP FutureSmart Firmware: Upgradable firmware that can take on new features over time.
  • Firmware Whitelisting: Validates that only authentic HP code is loaded into the memory. Will stop the boot process and notify IT if compromised.
Learn more about how to protect your data from the many printer security vulnerabilities left unguarded, including how to use HP printer security features for preventing critical breaches, how to strengthen your weakest cybersecurity link, what not to do after a security breach, and even brush up on your hacker lingo on HP® Tech Takes.
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