Last year printer security captured our collective attentions as HP held the first bug bounty program for printer security, researchers showed that a fax number is all an attacker needs to exploit the vulnerabilities in our networks and hackers made printers into advertising machines. Organizations are quickly realizing that they can no longer ignore the vulnerabilities that printers expose to their networks and the gaps in their printer security.
Unfortunately, the more technologically advanced we become the more we open ourselves to threats. Forrester predicts that cybercriminals will hack smart cities because many are not securing their connected devices — including printers. In addition, the proliferation of mobile devices and the BYOD trend introduces another layer of complexity to an already daunting security challenge. Will 2019 be the year that cybercriminals wreak havoc on our businesses, cities and nations? Will the printer become the cyber vehicle of choice for hackers?
Joseph Steinberg, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies advisor pointed to the recent attack where a hacker forced 50,000 printers to print a message asking people to follow a YouTuber. He believes that we will see more incidents like this. While this attack was relatively harmless the ease of the attack shows us that we have a lot of work to do to close the printer security gap. In fact, Steve Morgan predicts that the “printer of things will be under attack in 2019.”
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