If you think that having the latest upgrades to your firewall and anti-virus software keeps you 100% safe from cyber attacks, then you’re probably very vulnerable to them right now.
One major attack vector that often goes unnoticed is the office printer. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that this unlikely piece of hardware might just be the leading contender for the title of the Trojan horse of office equipment. In fact, 61% of organizations around the world reported at least one print-related data breach in 2016. This is because seemingly benign machines like computer printers now have the capacity to store data from the documents they print. Therefore, without any good security systems in place, any hacker can exploit this weakness and retrieve information easily.
Asia One warns that hackers targeting printers will not only gain access to your critical data, they can also gain control over your entire internal system. Today's sophisticated printers have the capability to communicate more effectively. Thanks to this, a breach created through your printer has the capacity to wreak havoc on your operations by shutting down your equipment or cause unnecessary wastage.
As more and more business owners realize the severity of the situation, it is crucial that you take security measures immediately, whether or not you have experienced a security breach in the past. Maryville University states that cyber security experts have three types of approaches when it comes to ensuring the security of your business.
The offensive track is a proactive tactic in which you will attempt to hack your own system to identify weak spots. These involve ethical hacking practices to help identify and resolve system vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, the defensive approach involves reviewing the cyber security industry's best reactive tactics, and eliminating vulnerabilities to keep your system's defenses strong. This means ensuring that there are protocols in place for your business should the worst happen. Lastly, the general track is a mix of the previous two approaches, and should give your business a good fighting chance against hackers.
Here’s a rundown of what can be done to secure your hardware right now:
Even if your machines have not yet been compromised, it doesn’t mean they won’t be in the future. Large companies might have more resources to recover from the damage caused by security breaches and cyber attacks, but these could spell the end of SMEs.
Interested in learning more about how Equiinet can help your business protect itself from hackers and cyber attacks? Ask us today about Strato-Link, an Equiinet Cloud-enabled VPN tunnel that connects to your computer through an Equiinet VoIP phone, providing firewall protection and encrypted network security. Give us a call or send us an email and find out more about Equiinet's security solutions!
Written especially for Equiinet by Rosie Withers
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