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Cyberattacks – is your printer the leading cause?

Outbreaks of cyberattacks such as Petya, NotPetya, WannaCry, and several other breaches over the past two years are a clear indication that cyberattacks are on the increase.

In fact, the global cost of cybercrime is estimated to reach $2 trillion by 2019 – a fourfold increase from the 2015 estimate of $500 billion.

Additionally, the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) stated that South Africa has the third highest number of cybercrime victims worldwide, losing about R2.2 billion a year to cyber-attacks.

What’s more is that the rise of the Internet of Things ushers in an expanded cybersecurity threat landscape, increasing the vulnerability scope for a multitude or organisations.

Printer weakness

Every so often, printers and multifunction printers (MFPs) are overlooked as the device posing a security threat. As IoT devices, printers can be a predator’s open door into a network.

The consequences of an attack on a business could be colossal. It may have legal implications with regards to GDPR an POPI standards, it could cause reputational damage, and it could have a severe impact on a business’s operations – as an attack could result in extended downtime only further leading to financial losses.

Even if you understand the vulnerabilities, creating a complete imaging and printing security strategy can be complicated.

HP’s print security solution

For this reason, HP has designed a printing portfolio that offers comprehensive security and stops an attack the moment it starts. It can even self-heal with unique security features, helping enterprises of all sizes to stay a step ahead.

Features in HP’s most secure printing portfolio are outlined below.

  • Device Security: HP printers help users defend their network as the printers are always on guard and stops an attack the moment it starts.
  • Data Security: HP software solutions help ensure only authenticated users and devices access your print network and keep your data encrypted, so users can protect sensitive information – in transit and in the queue.
  • Document Security: With document security functionality, enterprises can protect confidential documents and reduce unclaimed prints.
  • HP Secure Managed Print Services: HP Secure MPS can help reduce a company’s risk with the most comprehensive device, data, and document security.

For more information, visit the HP website.

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Cyberattacks – is your printer the leading cause?