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Printer Security Risks Loom As Silent Threat To Networks

Author: Fuser Printer Parts Reference Number: AA-06398 Views: 3025 Created: 09-21-2018 10:49 am Last Updated: 09-21-2018 10:49 am 0 Rating/ Voters

Printer Security Risks Loom As Silent Threat To Networks

The majority of customers ignore printer security risks, and vendors are counting on solution providers to help wake them up, said channel executives at CRN's Printer Roundtable.

So few customers recognize the network security risks posed by unsecured printers that solution providers have a big opportunity to win new business by opening their eyes, said channel executives from several printer vendors.

"Less than 20 percent of CIOs surveyed recognized that printers as an endpoint were a threat," said Dan McDonnell, vice president of U.S. Print Channel at Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP Inc. "Ninety percent of them understand that PCs have some serious challenges, but they don't see printers as an issue."

Not only do most CIOs not consider the printer a danger point, according to a 2017 Spiceworks Survey commissioned by HP, most had no security in place on the devices. While 83 percent of respondents had secured their PCs, and 55 percent their mobile devices, only 41 percent had either network security, access control, data protection or end point security on their printers.

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