Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2020Organizations spend resources on keeping their technology and devices secure, but they often overlook one crucial piece of hardware: printers. Printers, just like computers and Wi-Fi networks, can be an entry point for hackers and a gateway to your business's sensitive information. Here's what you need to know about keeping your printers secure.
When assessing network security threats, companies primarily focus on servers and computers not only because they are the most exposed to external threats, but also because they get the bulk of cyberattacks. Printers are often at the bottom of the list since they are not prime targets. What's more, their functions seem to be internal at first glance, as they don't interact with external systems.
But it's exactly because of their primary functions, namely printing and scanning, that make print devices perfect cybercriminal targets. Businesses run important documents such as tax forms, employee information, medical records, and financial statements through print devices, and hackers would definitely love to get their hands on them.
And they can - easily.
Network printers store previous print jobs in their hard drive, sometimes including those that have been canceled. If anyone accesses the printer - even remotely - they may be able to see those documents by hacking into the printer using a specialized tool.
Files can also be intercepted during wireless transmission, as modern printers can now be connected to the web. Not only can hackers exploit printers' open network ports to view data, but they can also take over vulnerable printers and transmit their own data through the machine.
Business printers should not be disregarded when planning a cybersecurity strategy. Keep your print devices secure by following these best practices:
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