Common Vulnerabilities Associated with Print Infrastructure
Even after action is taken to secure printers, the IT infrastructure (the print servers, queues, and drivers) may also be insecure.
Print Queue Vulnerabilities
Print queues are created as shared resources in a traditional Windows environment, opening the entire network to unnecessary risks.
A cloud-based print management solution eliminates print servers and shared print queues, eliminating these risks.
Many vendor drivers utilize SNMP for print queue configuration, which is insecure and vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks through file replacement, proxy monitoring, or other means.
Attackers can potentially gain the ability to compromise the integrity of the server and provide the base for lateral movement and privilege escalation across the network. Eliminating vendor drivers removes this attack surface.
Employee negligence is one of the most mundane, yet common security risks—people often leave printed documents lying in the printer tray unattended for anyone to copy, read, and steal.
A secure print workflow prevents sensitive information from being left unattended at the device and getting into the wrong hands by requiring owner authentication at the print device to release prints.
4 Ways That Cloud Print Management Solutions Stay Secure