channelchatIn case you hadn’t heard, security is kind of a big thing right now. Securing the office is one thing, but securing all the devices in the office is another. The insecure network can be deadly to business, so we asked some industry experts for their input on some of the top security concerns for today’s office.

Samsung TICby Eddie Castillo, Samsung Electronics America

Among the many devices connected to a typical corporate network — computers, cell phones, tablets, the office coffee machine — it appears that most folks forget about their printers, scanners, and MFPs when it comes to security. Or at least that’s what the findings from The Ponemon Institute’s study, “The Insecurity of Network-Connected Printers,” would suggest. The study revealed that “56 percent of companies ignore printers in their endpoint security strategy” while 66 percent fail “to establish and enforce printer security policies that are consistently applied across the enterprise.” 


by Michael Amiri, Continuum

Today’s cybersecurity and threat landscape is evolving rapidly, and small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) are increasingly seen as “easy targets” that are ill-equipped to identify and mitigate the growing number and variety of attacks being carried out. 
While some businesses have begun deploying basic infrastructure or endpoint protection solutions, the reality is that today’s hackers are continuously developing new means of gaining entry to systems and networks—including through peripheral devices, social engineering or phishing schemes, viruses and malware, and others. 

Canon TICby Dennis Amorosano, Canon U.S.A.

With security breaches and cyberattacks plaguing businesses at an increasing pace, security becomes even more prominent on the corporate agenda. These challenges are compounded by technology advancements, which have a positive impact on productivity yet raise concerns for where, how and by whom information is accessed. It is surprising then that a subtle yet potentially vulnerable area has not historically received as much attention by the majority of organizations – enabling security functions on and around traditional office technology (printers and MFPs in particular).

HP TICby Christoph Schell, HP Inc.

Earlier this year, a printer prank using an unsecured printer circulated around the internet, sparking conversation and laughs — but this is a serious issue impacting offices around the globe. The reality is, in an age where security breaches are becoming an unfortunate and everyday occurrence, organizations are scrambling to ensure they have safeguards in place to better prepare for the inevitable. While measures are frequently in place to prevent unauthorized building access or privileged access to the network, one area that is often overlooked is the network-connected printer. 

Konica TICby Andreas Krebs, Konica Minolta

Not even the most expensive security system can help you if you can’t “patch” your business’s greatest cybersecurity vulnerability: your staff. Research paints a sobering picture: according to a study by the Identity Management Institute, more than 90 percent of cyber attacks are only possible through information stolen from employees.

Ransomware TICby Amy Weiss, The Imaging Channel

A quick disclaimer to start things off: ransomware is a topic that is almost impossible to keep current on. Just like a new car loses value as soon as it’s driven off the lot, by the time ink meets paper on a magazine’s pages the ransomware field will have changed. This article was started just before the WannaCry ransomware outbreak hit the British National Health Service (NHS), eventually infecting (as of this writing) more than 75,000 users in 99 countries. Think technology changes fast? Market leadership in ransomware changes faster than you can say “cybersecurity.” So what facts can we count on to remain relatively solid? Let’s take a look.