A few weeks ago, we talked about how printers could be your business’s weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity. As cybercrime continues to rise, it’s important to know what steps you can take to strengthen the security of your business. One of the main ways you can do that is by making sure that your business’s endpoints are secure.
What are Endpoints?
Endpoints are any device that an employee uses to access a company’s network. This includes but is not limited to laptops, desktops, mobile devices, printers, and scanners. These devices have permissions to access a business’s network and therefore are a target of hackers. By breaching the security of one of these devices, a cybercriminal can get into the entire network and wreak havoc. Thankfully, there are security measures to keep your endpoints safe, but an unsecured endpoint is like leaving your front door unlocked and open.
How to Secure Your Endpoints
Businesses commonly use anti-virus software and firewalls to help deter hackers but there are even more steps that can be taken. One of the best things a business can do to secure their endpoints is to ensure that strong password policies are put in place. This could mean requiring different numbers/symbols to be used within the password as well as password updates on a routine basis.
These password suggestions go beyond the machine that your employees are primarily working from. Devices such as printers and scanners are often overlooked when it comes to security. They can store sensitive information within themselves and are becoming a more common target for cybercriminals. IT staff should make sure that the default passwords for printers and scanners are updated regularly to further strengthen the security of their business.
A quick step you can take related to endpoint security is to enable two-factor authentication for any applicable devices and tools. This will add an additional layer of defense against cybercriminals trying to break into your network. Additionally, making sure that devices are updated regularly can help bolster their defenses against malware and attacks.
Tricerat + Security
Since printing is a core function on an enterprise network, Tricerat understand the importance of maximizing the security of your printers. Our print management solution, ScrewDrivers, leverages techniques to protect user data, corporate communications, and minimizing sensitive data to incorrect printers. There are two approaches that ScrewDrivers uses to enhance security.
- Electronic data is protected using SSL security for transmissions of our proprietary protocols between components on the network. When the print server connector is used, even data going across a WAN or cloud will be protected.
- Dynamic and intelligent print management can facilitate assist users to maintain physical paper security by giving the user the correct default printer and simplify the printing process. Leveraging advanced print features to interact with security features of print devices adds an extra layer of security to the print job.
To get more information on the security Tricerat can provide for printing and scanning, visit our solutions page today.