With technology advancing on all ends, common devices such as printers are becoming more and more advanced to keep up with all of our projects. Printers are now being connected to our wifi networks, gaining more direct access to our data, and not having subsequent security put in place. With this knowledge, cybercriminals know that printers are an easy way to breach user information.
A shocking fact is that a reported 60% of businesses internationally have experienced data loss due to attacks targeting their company printers. The average monetary loss for enterprises was around $400,000. Alongside the financial loss comes damage to your company’s reputation, consumer confidence and trust, loss of valuable information and many other lasting issues.
Many people and businesses make the mistake of selling or throwing out their smart printers without wiping them clean of private and important data. In many instances, cybercriminals have bought or found these smart printers, collected the information left on them, and used it to attack businesses and individuals.
Always ensure you wipe your smart printers before re-selling or throwing them out.
Here are 4 things you can do to add an extra layer of security to your smart printer:
Smart printers have hard drives just like your computers, and similarly, they can be breached by cybercriminals extremely easily without encryption. Encryption creates codes for all of your data and makes it much harder for cybercriminals to access the information.
By adding a firewall to your printer, you are adding a line of defence by blocking the direct connection your printer has with the internet. This wall is able to filter what information goes through and ensures nothing suspicious is attempting to infiltrate your printer.
As smart printer breaches increase, developers and manufacturers are attempting to add built-in security for smart printers, however, we’re only in the beginning stages right now and the majority of printers do not have built-in security. If this is the case for you, we strongly recommend installing credible malware defence software.
For all things cybersecurity-related, it’s crucial to keep your employees up to date on important security practices. Ensure they are aware of cyber threats and the measures you’ve put in place to keep your enterprise protected. If one employee is not educated around printer security, they could be a vulnerability for you and your business.