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Emerging detection and response tools help to improve printer data security

Thursday 15 August 2019

Recent articles released worldwide, and GDPR legislation throughout Europe, have highlighted the fact that today’s printers should be treated no differently than any other IT peripheral.

Printers are connected to the network the same as other IT equipment as they use hard drives, processors and network cards that can be found in any PC.

Organisations in the property sector hold vast quantities of confidential information relating to tenants, employees and partners and this makes them a target for hackers. These organisations must ensure they understand the rising threat of cybercrime and have the necessary people, technology and processes in place to mitigate the risks.

Security through MFP Devices and Document Solutions

Multifunctional devices (MFP) such as printer-copiers and scanners are often overlooked when it comes to data security. They attach to a company’s network and enable users to create information in the cloud by scanning to email. They can also store a degree of personal data, such as email and IP addresses and can also save jobs in their sophisticated memories to enable people to print at a later stage, so are widely acknowledged as a network endpoint - an endpoint device being defined as an internet-capable computer hardware device on a TCP/IP network.

Multi-functional printers provide customers with the opportunity to protect their data and, ultimately, their expenses and profit.

One example of this is Bitdefender™, which has been developed using advanced Artificial Intelligence and other revolutionary technologies, as well as a global network of more than 500 million computers to anticipate, detect, and instantly block even the newest threats anywhere in the world, without slowing down devices.

These tools address the need for all businesses to continuously manage their systems to detect and prevent data security breaches or cyber-attacks. ERD tools focus on detecting and investigating suspicious-looking activities and traces other problems on a company’s network endpoints. They can improve a company’s overall state of security by identifying, responding to, and deflecting internal threats and external attacks so, for those organisations, such as with highly sensitive or confidential information that passes across its networks, or with staff who may ‘hot-desk’, import data, work on-line or use USB drives, this type of tool is definitely worth adding to their shopping list.

For more information including EDR Tools, see the Olivetti website www.olivetti.com, email alison@olivettiagency.uk or call 01933 420565.