Mitigate Security Risks with Your Multifunction Printers


You heard plenty about the high-profile security breaches that impacted large corporations last year, but there's something else you may not have heard. Nearly half of malicious phishing attempts weren't targeting big businesses, and you need to be prepared.

Minimize Your Risks

It's a challenge keeping your head above water in a highly-competitive economy, and the last thing you need is a catastrophic data breach. The latest threats center around multifunction printers, but there's plenty your company can do to mitigate your print security risks.

Look for these features to protect the information that flows through your office's multifunction printers.

  1. User authentications— Protecting your network begins by protecting your multifunction printers. User authentications like ID cards and passcodes can protect your devices from access by unauthorized persons.

  2. Restrict access— Passcodes may keep unauthorized personnel out, but it also makes sense to keep an eye on your multifunction printers. One school of thought says to place devices in high-traffic areas so that suspicious activity won't go unnoticed. Another solution is to place dedicated multifunction printers in secure locations when their primary function is for printing sensitive documents.

  3. Data encryption— Hackers can intercept data as it travels from your computers and mobile devices to your multifunction printers via your network. This malicious activity is how hackers can successfully enter networks, and often no one is aware of the breach until they've made off with a treasure trove of confidential information. Encryption makes data useless to them and should be enabled on all of your networked multifunction printers.

  4. Pull printing— Documents abandoned in print trays are a common security breach. Pull printing holds documents in the print queue until the user completes a verification process.

The latest multifunction printers come ready to address your print-related security risks. Contact us at Advanced Business Methods to learn more today!