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AN OVERLOOKED NETWORK SECURITY RISK

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PRINT DEVICES :

AN OVERLOOKED NETWORK SECURITY RISK

PRESENTED BY pPrint devices are significantly overlooked in most IT security strategies , despite clear evidence they are an easy target for cyber criminals .

Print devices are not getting enough attention in the enterprise ’ s IT security strategy . Only 30 % of IT professionals recognize printers as a high security risk , according to a May 2018 Spiceworks survey . And yet 59 % of organizations have reported a print-related data loss in the past year , according to a 2019 Quocirca analysis and trend report .
Cyber threats targeted toward printer and Internet of Things ( IoT ) devices have increased more than 200 %, according to the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report .
The writing is on the wall : As an endpoint device attached to the network , the print device is a significant security risk .
Just like IoT sensors , today ’ s modern , intelligent , programmable print devices are routinely connected to the internet and the corporate network – in turn expanding the enterprise cyber attack surface .
“ With the universe of connected devices growing exponentially , so is the sophistication and volume of cyber attacks and data breaches ; this includes an increase in focus on enterprise printers , which tend to be the more sophisticated devices on the network comparable to PCs ,” Shivaun Albright , Chief Technologist of Print Security at HP , told Forbes . �
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