Despite the fact that the majority of organisations have had one or more accidental data breaches through printing, most small businesses still don’t think that document security is a priority. The consequences of a serious data breach can be expensive, and will only become more so when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force next year.
Early in 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) kicks in, introducing much stricter measures on personal data management and processing. And multi-million euro fines for not following them. It is easy to assume this mainly concerns digital data, but if this is the case you are overlooking a significant data medium, leaving you open to expensive risks.
Many offices, even those that have a significant focus on security, may potentially have a glaring blindspot that is vulnerable to attack. They may even be providing malicious individuals with an entry-point to their whole network. For, while each point in the network will be fully secured against all kinds of malicious activity, some devices can be overlooked and left exposed: Their printers.
Is your IT network secure? How sure are you? Chances are, if you have a network printer, and you haven’t taken steps to secure it, you’re vulnerable. You might not consider a printer to be a security risk but it can provide a potential access point to hackers. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to remedy this.
HP has launched new software which enables users to verify the authenticity of its cartridges and guard against counterfeit products. The new software uses QR codes, which can be read via a smartphone, to authenticate each product and should make it easier than ever to spot a fake cartridge.
Recently, a graduate student at Dublin City University discovered several security flaws in printers which make them vulnerable to hackers. If your printer isn't properly protected you could be leaving a gaping hole in your defences, so we take a look at what you can do to stay secure.