Secure Your Office Printing via the Cloud

Kevin Pickhardt

Kevin Pickhardt Kevin Pickhardt

Chief Executive Officer

KEVIN PROGRAMMED HIS FIRST COMPUTER, an Ohio Scientific, in high school in 1979. The thrill of that experience started him down a path of continual discovery that he maintains to this day. A student of nearly everything in his life, Kevin believes strongly in the value of endless learning. He is constantly taking on projects around the house that begin with taking things apart that he may not be able to put back together. He often has a similar strategy with his golf swing.

Whether it’s alone or with friends, Kevin enjoys playing golf — something that he can never master. He is especially proud of his wife and two daughters and the laughter they share.

“I am most proud when I see my colleagues growing and enjoying life with each other, and when I hear that we have made life a little easier for our clients. It is my goal for Pharos to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of everyone we touch. Anytime I see that promise being delivered it is a good day.”

[This is a snippet of a Pharos article featured in Enterprise CIO]
What’s the biggest security liability in your office? The one you aren’t thinking about.

Researchers recently proved what many in the print industry already knew: Multi-function printers (all-in-one printer/copier machines) can be hacked to deliver malicious code or to access an internal network.

cloud-connected MFP

These vulnerabilities are not limited to any one manufacturer or specific type of output device. All printers, copiers, and fax machines with an internet connection are at risk. Once hackers exploit these weaknesses and reach into your network, they can do anything from stealing documents to launching ransomware.

In one recent example, a fan of a popular YouTube star took control of 50,000 printers to print memos encouraging people to watch and subscribe. The attack was essentially harmless, but afterward, the fan admitted he’d identified upward of 800,000 printers he could’ve targeted. Imagine if his intentions were malicious.

…IT directors who believe they can keep their printing data more secure than these services are either doing something exceptionally right or they are mistaken.

People tend to overlook printers as a cybersecurity weakness because they’re seen as old and simple technology — but that’s exactly why they present a risk. Printers, both old and new, come with design-driven security risks, making them low-hanging fruit for hackers looking to attack networks with stronger defenses in other areas.

Printers are just one example of the many connected devices that are proliferating in homes and offices. By 2020, Gartner projects more than 20 billion of these devices will be in operation. And unless security issues are explicitly addressed, each of those devices is a potential point of attack.

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