You might not think of your office printer as a cyber security threat, but it's a compelling target for cyber criminals around the world. The fact that few people think of their printers as a possible threat is what makes them such attractive targets. According to Spiceworks, only 16 percent of IT professionals think printers present a high risk of security breach, and 43 percent ignore printers in their endpoint security solution.
Another key aspect of what makes printers such tempting targets is the fact that they connect to nearly every device in your corporate network. They are often set to automatically accept incoming commands as authentic. This makes it easy to print from any device without having to adjust network configuration settings, but it exposes businesses to cybercrime threats.
The truth is that bots are traveling throughout the internet looking for vulnerable targets to hit. An unprotected multifunction printer offers the perfect entryway to your most critical systems.
Once your printer is infected, it's only a matter of time before malware makes its way onto the systems that connect with it. This is how ransomware slowly spreads through a corporate network before crippling it and extorting your organization for cash to get your systems running again.
Protect Your Business from Printer Vulnerabilities
In an environment where companies invest considerable time and resources into securing employee workstations and corporate databases, leaving a weak link on the chain is a costly oversight. However, most printers are not even designed with cybersecurity in mind.