Companies are known to take many precautions to protect their data and systems from cyberattacks but many of them overlook printers. If you have an unsecured printer you are inviting cyber criminals access to your network and your data. It is critical to include printers during regular audits for breach risk prevention planning. If your printers are connected to a network, they are just as vulnerable to cyberattacks as computers are. In August 2020, Cybersecurity experts at Cybernews deliberately brought attention to the need for companies to focus on the importance of printer security by hijacking 28,000 unsecured printers worldwide, forcing manufacturers to develop a guide about printer security. By following a few common security best practices you can help eliminate this threat.
1. Secure your printing ports and limit your printer’s wireless connections to your router
2. Use a firewall to filter traffic and exclude external users that may cause harm on your network
3. Update your printer firmware to the latest version
4. Change the default admin password set by the Manufacturer
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