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Can someone hack my printer?

Security has become a big issue today, especially in the workplace. Computer passwords, locked server rooms; they all have become commonplace. But one area that is often overlooked is the printer or multifunction device.
  
Can someone hack my printer?
 
Typically, all anyone thinks about when it comes to printers is how much is my toner costing? How many pages am I running a month? How much is the maintenance? But the fact is, your printer or multifunction device is connected to the same network as your computers and servers and chances are, someone in your organization prints sensitive business information, employee records, and health information, and other private data.
 
The challenges faced by your IT Department are many, including: 

• Controlling physical access to the company’s MFPs, not just by ensuring only employees can use them, but sometimes by limiting the devices a particular employee can access. 
 
• Ensuring groups and individuals can use only the MFP features appropriate for their roles and responsibilities. 
 
• Restricting who can open, print, and transmit electronic documents—email, PDFs, scans, and faxes—as well as how, where, and to whom they can be sent. 
 
• Securing paper documents to prevent them from being stolen, misplaced, or simply seen by the wrong person. 
 
• Protecting data stored on an MFP, such as user documents, device settings, and address books. 
 
• Determining who accessed which documents, when, and from which MFP, both to help guard against information leaks and to create an audit trail for compliance purposes. 
 
How do you protect that information?
 
The good news is, you don’t have to manage this yourself. Or just leave it to your already over-burdened IT Department. Ricoh has developed the security you need to ensure all your documents are protected. 

For more information, download this Ricoh Security Overview and let us show you how Skillern’s Business Systems can help you to protect your business.