Office Printer Security Risks

officer printer security risks

Responsible businesses go to great lengths to ensure the security of their data, and with good reason. A data breach can cost a company thousands of dollars, their reputation, and even criminal penalties in certain industries subject to regulatory compliance. Despite their efforts to protect their data, many organizations fail to protect one vulnerability found in just about every office in America: the humble office printer.

Modern multifunction devices (MFDs) are equipped with internal hard drives, just like a computer. These hard drives capture and store the information from all the documents they process via scanning, copying, faxing, and printing. Oftentimes, this information is sensitive data that could be a liability should it fall into the wrong hands. As is the case with computers, your printers are vulnerable to attacks from hackers once they are networked.

Unfortunately, most small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) do not consider document security to be a priority. Only 38 percent of IT decision makers believe document security is a priority for their SMB.

While it’s important for your company to be aware of the risk modern MFDs pose to the security of your documents, it’s a risk that can be managed with the help of office technology professionals.