The widespread use of networked printers and multifunction
peripherals (MFPs) which scan, print, fax, copy and email has
increased productivity in the production of all types of business
output. However, the growing sophistication of these devices has
also increased security risks associated with printing. Network
connectivity, along with hard disk and memory storage, means that
MFPs are now susceptible to many of the same security risks as
PCs and servers alongside the traditional risk of sensitive
printed output getting into the wrong hands. However, all too
often the security of the print environment is overlooked and
little is done to mitigate these threats.
Although most businesses recognise the serious consequences of
confidential data being leaked externally most do not realise the
exposure that an unsecured printing environment introduces to
their business. With printing being an essential part of many
business processes, protecting network printers and MFPs should
be a critical part of any organisation's IT security strategy.
Printing security is paramount in three key areas: users,
documents and devices. By controlling user access, protecting
documents and securing devices businesses can address
requirements for data confidentiality and regulatory compliance
that are only set to get tougher.
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