Posted by Glenn Gibson
Internet of Things (IoT) or Machine to Machine (M2M) connectivity are both great tools that help small and medium businesses gain vantage points in their fields. Your connected devices can help you and your team work remotely and help you work faster, consequently, they help you work more efficiently. But, at times, this comes with a price: data loss and/or data theft.
When it comes to security, multifunction printers are often overlooked. We care for our servers, computers and phones, but we forget that our office printer can also be a target for malicious attacks. Did you know that multifunction printers can have hard-drives the size of recent-spec laptops? This is great for storing lots of data, but is this data protected?
Such a device allows you to print, scan, fax or e-mail any document you need, so it goes without saying that our business printers are filled with potentially sensitive business information. From the company’s latest marketing strategy to legal, financial and personnel files – all of these can be found if your printer is hacked.
First of all, there is a physical risk: a malicious employee or visitor in your office can access a poorly secured printer easily and steal any information and documents stored there. We don’t think much about people loitering around an office printer, so such an attack could easily go unnoticed.
Second of all, multifunction printers with poor security can be an entryway towards all the connected devices. All the phones, laptops and computers, as well as the company’s server can be attacked as soon as a hacker gains control over the multifunction printer.
Last, but not least, aside from the data leakage, a malicious person who gains control over a multifunction printer can also create havoc: adding endless print jobs, causing certain documents to print in more copies than needed or changing administrative settings are just a few examples.
If you want to make sure that your data is safe and continue to enjoy the perks of state-of-the-art multifunction printers, the Fuji Xerox Smart@Work colour series range is ideal. Not only can you enjoy printing top-quality colours, but you will also benefit from outstanding security features like:
The latest technologies can be both friends and foes. At Fuji Xerox, we make sure that technology always makes your life easier, never more complicated.