You may have seen coverage like this of another printer hack job. The hacker’s program scoured the Internet for printers that were online, but didn’t have basic security controls enabled. Over 150,000 networked printers were compromised, but this hacker appeared to want to alert people to the risks, rather than do actual harm.
Still, it’s a wake-up call for organizations to be responsible for the security of their endpoints. If you have Managed Print Services, your MPS partner should offer specialized support to protect your devices and the information and processes they touch.
Checklist for MPS Security Capabilities
When you have device fleets, paper and digital workflow, and employees who use both, it’s essential to work with an MPS professional who understands how to secure information in a complex workplace. Here are some things to consider as you evaluate the security skills of an MPS provider:
Extending Document Security to the Cloud
The move to the cloud has added a twist to the security story. The cloud has reduced demand for for pricey on-premise servers and given practically anyone anywhere, anytime access to applications, platforms and services. This makes security even more critical. Forrester Research found that although nearly a third of global enterprise infrastructure decision-makers had already adopted or were in the process of adopting or expanding public cloud services, an almost equal number had security concerns regarding application and data protection.
Next-generation MPS can support your move to the cloud in a number of ways, including these. However, as more of your documents and work processes move to the cloud—including managed print services—this adds another dimension to security strategies. Use this list to make sure your MPS partner can maintain document security in cloud-based environments.
MPS Partner Cloud Security Checklist