Why protect printers?
Today’s multifunction printer does more than simply print. It scans, sends, and stores potentially sensitive information. Innovations surrounding networked printers help streamline business processes and increase productivity. At the same time, these features may leave your fleet vulnerable to attack. If your printer fleet is connected to the network, it should be protected in the same way as your PC’s and other network endpoints.
The HP Secure Print Analysis tool reveals the range of printer security options now available. Once you complete the questionnaire, you’ll receive a checklist showing both fundamental and advanced printer security protections in relation to the policies your organization has already implemented.
Security focus areas
Printing and imaging devices store user credentials and other sensitive data such as stored print jobs that can be accessed if it’s not encrypted or regularly erased.
Multifunction printers reside on your company network. They can also be hacked like a computer and be an entry point for malware and viruses.
Access control and authentication
In the absence of a pull printing requirement, sensitive documents may be retrieved by any user. Anyone who has access to printer settings can exploit permissions if the settings aren’t restricted to admin only access.
Monitoring and management
Lack of centralised printer control can lead to inefficient, incomplete, and time-intensive efforts by IT to establish and maintain printer security settings.
Output trays are an easy way for sensitive data to fall into the wrong hands. Unprotected input trays could lead to the theft of special paper–such as check stock.
Secure your printer – from bootup to shutdown
The latest generation of HP Pro printing devices offer three key technologies designed to thwart attackers’ efforts and self-heal. These built-in security features are included in the HP OfficeJet Pro 8730/8740 models, the PageWide Pro 400/500 series as well as the LaserJet Pro M252, M277 and M400/M500 series.
HP boot up code is a set of boot instructions used to load fundamental hardware components and initiate firmware. Secure boot works behind the scenes when your printer powers on – helping to safeguard it from attacks. Secure boot validates the integrity of the boot code at every boot cycle by ensuring the code is HP-signed and genuine. If the code has been compromised, the device is placed in recovery mode with limited functionality until HP genuine code can be reinstalled.
Firmware integrity validation
Like a PC’s operating system, firmware coordinates hardware functions, runs the control panel, determines what features are available when printing, scanning or emailing and provides network security. Compromised firmware could open your device and network to attack. All firmware updates are validated so only authentic, known-good HP code – digitally signed by HP - is loaded onto the device. During the device startup process, if the code signature is not validated, the device reboots to a secure recovery state and waits for a valid firmware update. Notification of invalid firmware code is displayed via a control panel message.
Run-time code integrity
This feature helps protect devices while they are operational and connected to the network – right when attacks occur. Run-time code integrity prevents intruders from introducing malicious code while the printer is running. All run-time code memory is write-protected and all data memory is rendered non-executable.
Manage printer security settings
IT managers can use HP JetAdvantage Security Manager to assess and, if necessary, remediate device security settings – across the fleet – to comply with pre-established company security policies.
Are your printers vulnerable to attack?
Find out now free of charge! HP is offering a service to assess your fleet. Click here for the assessment.
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