Could MFPs be a hidden security risk?

Data breaches happen, even when employees aren’t to blame. Learn more about a recent network hack, surprising MFP risks and how you can improve Bluetooth & wireless printer security.

It happened again. In case you missed it, there was yet another massive data breach. This time it was at VTech Holdings Ltd. Many security experts believe that more attacks are likely to happen using this same vulnerability.

The attack occurred in late November and resulted in the loss of nearly five million records including children’s information. VTech reported that the breached database included names, email addresses, passwords, secret questions and answers for password retrieval, IP addresses, download histories and children’s names, genders and birthdates.

While it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what went wrong, some experts are pointing to the recent Internet of Things (IoT) trend. In this case, many of these digital toys and their related technologies (including Bluetooth, wireless communications and online portals) are all designed to connect to the Internet and share data. It’s great that consumers can use this technology to upload information, however, this trend leaves these toys – and the entire company – vulnerable to compromise.


How secure are you?

All of this is proof positive that data breach incidents are a common occurrence and are even on the rise. Many of these are not the result of any intentional efforts on the part of employees; hacks and attacks may often occur from overlooked technologies and processes.

For example, consider the use of multi-function printers (MFPs). MFPs let employees scan documents and have PDFs delivered to their desktops via email. But the technology has evolved to the point where they can receive software updates via the network, upgrade themselves and notify users if they are low on ink. It’s clear that an MFP is much more than just a typical copier.

This means that organizations should factor MFPs into their overall security plans, especially when you consider that they are now susceptible to the same security vulnerabilities as a computer. No matter if all employees are well intentioned, without the right security measures, MFPs pose a significant and hidden security risk.

What can organizations do to safeguard against this risk? We believe the answer is in implementing a comprehensive portfolio of print management, document capture, and mobile workflow solutions to make sure printing and documents are as secure as possible. With functionality such as user authentication, access restriction, central auditing, and more, these solutions help make your MFPs as safe as possible.

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Chris Strammiello

About Chris Strammiello

Chris Strammiello directs the worldwide Marketing and Global Alliances for Nuance’s Document Imaging Division. Under his leadership, the division transformed from solely a desktop software focus to the document imaging industry's most complete product portfolio of desktop, enterprise and OEM offerings. Strammiello has played a strategic leadership role in the merger & acquisition and integration strategies behind Nuance adding eCopy, XSolutions and Equitrac, helping the business unit quadruple its annual revenue. Previously, Chris was Director of Product Management for Nuance's Productivity Division where he successfully drove growth and expansion of speech and imaging technologies. He came to Nuance in 2000 from Xerox Corporation where he held a variety of marketing and strategy positions. Chris holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Connecticut.