Security risks and data breaches are top of mind for many businesses. These threats can come in various forms but one that may have been overlooked is your printer. Though the functionality appears basic and internal, a printer could be a weak link in your security, posing risks that could cost you or your customers time and money, especially if you are a small business.
Let’s dive into some of the most common printer security risks and how to prevent them.
- Physical document theft is a commonly thought of threat. This can have serious consequences if something containing sensitive information is left in the print tray. Staying vigilant and in possession of documents is key to avoiding sensitive data falling into the wrong hands.
- Print Data Security. Printers today have the capability to store data after a job is complete in their memories. If you make the change to a newer model tossing out your old printer, its file system and entry points could give someone access to sensitive data. Avoid this by clearing your printers file system and any data memory.
- Attack Point. Printers can be an entryway to your businesses network. If a printer is compromised, it could potentially be used to attack other applications or launch ransomware. By verifying the printer’s firmware is current and implementing a strong password, you can avoid these kinds of attacks.
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