Early this year, a hacker compromised an estimated 29,000 printers at several North American universities including Princeton, Brown and the University of Oregon. Students and employees alike arrived at their libraries and offices to find an offensive flier waiting for them in their printer trays.
Printer hacking is now a growing cybercrime phenomenon, and not only are academics starting to take note, but also the international business community.
And with a whole range of industries around the world starting to make use of remotely accessible printers, unauthorized access to data and networks is a growing concern.
As a result, companies are spending more money on IT security than ever in an effort to combat cybercrime and information breaches. In an attempt to shore up businesses’ integrity, government offices, financial institutions, legal practices, healthcare and other industries are looking for better and more cost-effective cross-platform security solutions that include their printer networks.
Printer hacking incidents like the recent North American university attack are a sobering reminder that without continuous network monitoring and printer software updates unwanted third-party interference is a very real risk.
The Right Tools to Fight Cybercrime
IT and data managers desperately need reliable tools in the fight against cybercrime in order to reduce this spending and fend off data attacks. Fortunately, Samsung Printing Solutions has made printer security on of its top priority.
It has equipped its multi-function printer systems with the Smart UX Center, which makes use of two platforms. The Android UI platform provides you with intuitive front-end operation, while a main system platform stores print and user data. Both work together to maximize your printer security.
Making use of two platforms enables users to control authorization, and also lets you keep tabs on what information gets printed. All data is stored in the main system platform and is encrypted, requiring decryption every time a user requests permission. This secure main system network makes UI platform’s protected communication with other network devices (PCs and servers) possible.
Unauthorized data access can result in catastrophe for just about any industry. If a law firm, for instance, were to inadvertently release case-sensitive materials, this could lead to a loss of client trust and possibly lead to troublesome legal complications. In the case of government offices, should classified information go public, this could even result in a breach of national security.
That is why Samsung has developed Printing Security Core for its multi-function printer platforms. This solution protects against information being delivered to anyone but its intended recipient.
In addition to increased document security, administrators can manage permissions and configurations with ease, protecting their establishments against unauthorized data access. This is particularly important in the healthcare industry, where patient confidentiality is paramount.
Samsung Printing Security Core works in tandem with other security programs, and provides straightforward, secure printing for authorized users.
Preserving Business Relationships
Business partnerships are largely built on trust. Essential to this is the idea that information the partners shared remains strictly confidential. In the digital age, however, data leaks can never simply be undone. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting proprietary information, which therefore need to be heavily protected.
Sending classified or private documents to the wrong printer, or accidentally making information accessible to an unauthorized user can undo even the most tightly forged of partnerships.
Samsung’s multi-function printers can prevent such mishaps thanks to the Smart UX’s five key security framework components, namely: Secure User, Secure Data, Secure Network, Secure Document and Secure Management. Together, these features provide your business with maximum printer security in the form of encryption, authentication, protocols, password-protection and job auditing solutions.
Secure Businesses Grow Faster
Companies can avoid falling victim to printing hacks by making use of Samsung’s exceptional printer security features. Knowing that your printer network information is safe means one less concern for IT managers. And that can mean freeing up more time and money to spend on growing your business, instead of fighting cybercrime.