As data breaches continue to hit headlines, we have seen many companies that have increased their security for networks and application. However, they left one vital aspect vulnerable: office equipment. What common issues do we find with print security? First, businesses have a lot of paper output, and they have to be aware of the potential threat for stolen documents. Employees who print sensitive information must be careful that they only pick up their own jobs.

An ethernet cable is run through a lock. This can represent internet safety, virus, firewall or network protection.

An ethernet cable is run through a lock. This can represent internet safety, virus, firewall or network protection.

How can you prevent others from stealing this information? First, create a password for the copier to ensure that it will not be laying around for anyone to grab. Second, beware of cyber crime. Hackers have used printers as an access point to infiltrate your network and steal sensitive information. If you have a printer connected to the Internet, you have increased chances for becoming hacked. However, you can prevent this with the use of firewalls and antivirus. You want to eliminate the potential vulnerabilities in your security because having your data stolen can wreak havoc on a business. You want to eliminate the possibility of easy vulnerabilities that cyber criminals will exploit.