With so much talk about cyberthreats and hacker attacks, executing an IT security plan can feel overwhelming. Partnering with a professional services provider for IT security support is an excellent way to ensure you have a comprehensive plan in place. When it comes to planning and executing your network security, don’t forget that many threats lurk within your organization.
Securing your network is a vast undertaking. Also, for it to be completely protected, every device that runs on your network must also be secured. When was the last time you looked at the security of your printers or multifunction devices?
Networked printers are always connected and always “on,” creating a gateway for hackers to enter your network and steal your data. Although often an afterthought, printers and networked devices deserve the same level of scrutiny as any other endpoint that is part of your IT security strategy.
While safeguarding your systems may seem obvious, password protections and access restrictions are often lacking in small-to-mid-sized business offices. Your IT security must cover any device that processes proprietary data. Whenever you print, scan, or copy a document, information passes over your network where it is ripe for the picking if proper defenses are not in place. The advent of 3D printers can increase the threat for manufacturers and product developers since data managed on these high-tech printers can be open to exploitation.
Implementing Access Protections
Here are some tips for ensuring the integrity of your network and networked devices.
When you are using a printer or MFP, be sure to activate access codes. People often mistakenly assume that they are enabled by default, but that is rarely the case. Access controls are the gateway to your network, so be sure to carefully consider who is granted admission to print files and data.
Access controls should always be set at the administrator level and unable to be overridden by other users. If set up correctly as part of your IT security, access controls should block unauthorized users from entry to specific projects or documents.
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