Today’s world is digital – and today’s threats are digital as well. Data breaches and other cyber crimes are on the rise, putting your valuable information at risk. Your company must prepare for the strong possibility that your business will be targeted at some point and develop a comprehensive security plan.
Most companies have some security measures in place that will help protect their companies. Traditionally, security protocols include:
- Anti-virus and malware protection software
- Firewalls to manage Internet traffic
- Regularly security updates and patches
- Backup and recovery systems.
These are all important ways to protect your company if you come under attack. It is also important to train your employees about cyber threats, such as phishing emails and malicious links.
What About the Printer?
Despite taking other security precautions, many companies overlook a major vulnerability: the multifunction printer. These devices have quickly become indispensable in the office, able to print, scan, upload to the cloud, fax, and perform other functions. However, this means the MFP deals with a large amount of data every day – making it an excellent target for hackers. If they gain access to your MFP, they can find a lot of data, and potentially access to your entire network.
Fortunately, it is possible to protect your printer from attacks as well. By using techniques such as encryption and authentication, you can help control who has access to your data. Other software can also help further protect your printer data from being stolen.
The effects of a data breach or other cyber crime can be far-reaching, so security must be a top priority for businesses today. Your company is only as secure as your weakest link, and for many companies this weak link is the MFP. Help secure your business by incorporating the MFP into your security strategy.