Security can make or break a company. Over the years, we have seen many an example of this situation. Wise business owners are willing to spend time and money making sure that proper security is in place and that employees are well educated on security procedures. But what if you missed something, and you are blindsided by a huge security breach when you thought your office was safe? It is not a situation you want to experience. Multifunctional printers can pose new security challenges, and as they become more and more common in offices, it is important to be aware of those challenges and meet them head on.
Potential Security Threats
Multifunctional printers, unlike some printers of the past, have an Internet connection. Because of this fact, they are susceptible to hacking. Hackers can infiltrate your printer network and access all kinds of private, confidential information. Multifunctional printers also store information on their hard drives. It is easy to assume that information simply passes through the printer, but that isn’t always the case. In addition to these network vulnerabilities, there are physical ways that information can fall into the wrong hands. If certain precautions are not taken, it is easy for prying eyes to view private information.
Ways to Keep Info Safe
To keep your network safe, it may be wise to consult with a managed IT services provider about your network printers. Also, installing a program to routinely delete information from your printer’s hard drive could prevent anything confidential from being taken. When it comes to the physical world, you can use encryption and passwords to prevent certain information from falling into the wrong hands. Make hold print a standard procedure for all employees so that they won’t forget print jobs.
If you’d like help ensuring the safety of your print jobs, contact us today and we’ll talk over the options together!