Is Your Printer At Risk?

October 21, 2020 | Advanced Office

Every company worries about the safety and security of their computers and perhaps even mobile devices that are brought in. However, the place that many companies should worry about is their printers. Printers have to have a lot of security features today to fight back against data theft. If you aren't sure that your printers are secure, you may need to make some changes.

Printer Fleet

If a company had five printers in its fleet and one was older and had outdated security features, the entire network that the computers and printers are a part of is at risk. It only takes an easy entry point for someone to get inside your entire system. For better print security, you should be well aware of all of the security measures used by your printers as well as knowing that there is no weak link in the chain. If you have older printers that don't seek to protect data streams, it may be time for an upgrade.

Printer Encryption

Like computers, the data streams from printers have a wealth of information in them. These streams can contain sensitive data about your customers and your employees. Getting into a data stream from a printer is much like hacking your way into a computer's data stream. However, printers are increasingly attacked because they often don't use encryption on those streams. Every printer that you use should have end-to-end encryption. This type of encryption garbles the data stream for anyone who is trying to hack into it. That security follows it until the stream gets to its destination. 

Printer Software Updates

Like computer software, the software used to run printers will also have updates periodically. It's important to download those as soon as they are available to keep the software up to date with the latest security features. Older printers don't tend to come with these updates, and they will stay unsafe to use for any sensitive data. 

If your business needs better print security, call us today. We can tell you about the latest safety features and how they will benefit your business and all of its private data.