As cyber-attacks exploiting IoT continue to become more common, IoT-type security vulnerabilities on printers could prove to be a danger.
With mixed fleets of printers, both old and new, there are many challenges when maintain security.
GDPR has driven print security improvements, but some organizations still lack the knowledge of security risks posed by MFPs.
Attackers can access confidential information stored on print devices and use them as network access points, much like other networked IoT devices. To ensure security, MPS providers put out patches, maintain, and manage print devices through the cloud as part of their service offerings.
A vendor is expected to know about the vulnerability first, and fix it as soon as possible using patch management through the cloud.
In the future, print manufacturers need to expand their services to include security assessment and monitoring, particularly in threat intelligence. 2019 will see competitors, a lot of them being managed print service providers, treating print security with the same priority as the rest of IT infrastructure.
Source: Uniprint.net Photo by: JC Gellidon