Below are five top insights that can help your information security staff understand the risks associated with network printers and make informed decisions to better secure devices, data, and documents.
1. IT leaders must start to think of printers the same way they think of PCs in order to effectively secure enterprise networks.
Every access point puts your network at risk. Printers and PCs are architecturally comparable and, if left unsecured, either one can make your network vulnerable to cyberattacks.
2. Networks are only as secure as their weakest entry point, which means IT must ensure security policies are extended to every single device that touches the network.
Security leaders recognize that printers are vulnerable and are even anticipating problems, but they’re not yet taking the necessary steps to inventory and secure printers and multifunction printers (MFPs).
3. Networks connect a rising number of devices to printers, which increases the number of data paths that need to be protected.
The rise in mobile connectivity, telecommuting and "bring your own device" (BYOD) culture creates more entry points for cybercrime than ever before.
4. Protecting your printers doesn’t have to be difficult, as new security tools make it easy to meet baseline requirements and keep your network safe.
An MFP can have up to 250 security settings to congure. A security management tool with built-in industry-standard policies, such as the one set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), can help simplify the task of device hardening.
5. IT should include printers in vulnerability and event monitoring systems.
By connecting your printer system logs to a security information and event management (SIEM) tool, system administrators can evaluate threats across the network.