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Beware, Your Printer Is About To Be Hacked
By Lauren Elward
Jane Garrity from CIO hit the nail on the head, noting that printers are an often overlooked security threat in organizations. The root of the issue seems to be that printers are often unsecured, so assuming someone can find the ip address, a network printer can be easily exploited. Scanned documents that remain in the printer's memory can be accessed and then disseminated outside of an organization, exposing sensitive company financials and other information to the internet at large. Assuming someone accesses the active directory, a hacker can gain access to the directory of users who use the printers.
Since today's printers can do so much more than just print, the threat is even more significant. For these reasons enterprise printers really should be treated like any other device that is part of an enterprise network. HP has really been a pioneer in technology that can be used to secure printers; their software essentially treats the printer like a desktop or laptop and pushes out security patches and updates to keep the device up-to-date. HP's security manager software takes it a step further and is the perfect option for businesses with a full fleet of networked printers.
Whether you're working in a small or large office, it's important to recognize that your printer may be putting your organization at risk. Be sure to consult with a network and security specialist to ensure that your printer remains secure.