Your average home office printer lacks the extensive security features the specialized device in your office boasts. Your typical employee can easily neglect to update the device’s firmware, leaving the printer running outdated software that lacks the latest security updates. And your average home network isn’t nearly as secure as the one in your office maintained by a professional IT team. All of this adds up to increased risk to your sensitive data posed by your employees simply using their home office printer while working remotely.
Your home office printer is perfectly suitable for handling documents such as recipes or your children’s homework, which don’t include confidential data. However, even in the workplace with a team of skilled IT professionals at your disposal, printers can still be a soft target, a vulnerable entry point that hackers can exploit to gain access to your network and information. As such, printer security should be a priority for any organization to prevent these vulnerabilities from being exploited, which could result in catastrophic data theft or loss. This can be accomplished by taking advantage of the sophisticated built-in security features that come standard on most modern specialized printers, regularly updating firmware, changing the device’s default security settings, and printing over secure networks.
Thankfully, printing even the most confidential of information can be done safely and securely at home with the right device and oversight from skilled IT security professionals. If your staff needs to print while working from home, contact us today to learn more about how we can eliminate risks and still keep your employees productive when out of the office.