Whether it’s via a malicious email, bad link or fake profile, all it takes is one click for an infiltrator to bypass enterprise-level defenses. Now, more than ever, businesses need to stay one step ahead with embedded, fortified security features.
Home offices may not be well equipped to meet cybersecurity expectations, even if their employer provides Virtual Private Network (VPN) access, because personal Wi-Fi networks and connected devices remain potential targets. Hybrid work therefore demands diligent monitoring and teamwork between employees and IT departments to make sure every endpoint is verified and outfitted to defend against evolving threats.
Common security risks at large:
Printers are a massive piece of the security puzzle, especially knowing that 64% of Information Technology Decision-Makers (ITDMs) reported data loss from unsecured printing practices within the first six months of remote working. Think about it: Printers receive critical files every single day, ranging from banking records to documents containing personally identifiable information. In fact, today, “71% of employees are accessing more company data, more frequently, from home … than they did pre-pandemic,” including customer and operational data (43%) and financial and HR records (23% each).
Whether you have a wired or wireless device, sending these critical documents to the printer itself generally requires a Wi-Fi connection — which is what hackers are hungry for because it creates an avenue for them to break through.
In order to prepare for worst-case scenarios, companies can start by training employees on proper security protocols for these print devices. Users both at home and in the office will need to know which red flags to look out for — including disabled firewalls, default passwords, unsecured networks, outdated software and more. Once confidence is instilled here, businesses can turn their attention to upgrading their print fleet to ensure optimal protection against backdoor intruders. One solution worth investing in is HP Wolf Security — a solution built on more than 20 years of security research and innovation.
From self-healing firmware and in-memory breach detection to threat containment via isolation, HP Wolf Security for business reduces attack surfaces and enables remote recovery from firmware incidents. It’s designed to help fill the gaps where security teams run into uncertainty. After all, while 96% of organizations increased their cybersecurity spending in 2020, 78% still stated that they lacked confidence in their IT security posture. HP Wolf Security can help provide peace of mind.
So, what does it mean to have smart security for your printers? Layers of hardened security built on cyber-resilience are a good place to start. And, with a myriad of things top of mind for today’s remote workers, it helps to have printers that can defend themselves thanks to HP Wolf Security. Top printer security features include:
The self-healing capabilities detailed above address the four primary steps in the cycle of security for an automatic reboot: checking the operating code, checking firmware, checking printer settings and providing continuous monitoring. Together, these processes act as the first line of defense against impeding attacks.
Cybercriminals have a nasty bite, so don’t let up on your cybersecurity best practices even for a second. This is especially imperative as the lines between home and office environments continue to blur and create new risks. Hackers will stay nearby, waiting for the moment you grow weary. So, stay ahead of the threat, remain vigilant, and keep your passwords, photos, scans and prints for your eyes only with HP Wolf Security.