Printers are just like any other office technology in that they are online and subject to security threats and hacks. It’s vital that you don’t overlook your office printer when evaluating and implementing your security strategy.
How to secure your devices
Many companies will explain the security features that your printer already has, but there are some outside the box protections that are a little more than stock security.
Investing in the following four security measures can have a boost of its own:
Use a password
This is essential knowledge to build within your printer, and it’s worth noting multiple times. Use passwords that are difficult to guess for all devices, all users, and all functions.
If your printer has previously been compromised, doesn’t have online security features, or has other roadblocks, this may be a slightly extreme way to prevent hacks.
It’s up to you to evaluate the risk you face, but it may be a necessary measure to go offline and print from USB drives instead while you update.
Use encryption software
Encrypt data and resources across all devices – printers included – so that if materials leak, they can’t be comprehended.
Encryption may seem like an extreme step, but it is essential when you need it – better be prepared.
Every time your firmware is updated, install the updates on your printer as well. This will ensure that all updates against hacking are live across your system and there are no breaks in the protection.
Invest in Security
Secure your printing and scanning operations against hacks or other breaches. Starting a new security policy can be confusing; bring your questions to Thermocopy, and we’ll discuss details to make a protection plan for your organization.