To protect corporate printings against cyber attacks, HP Inc. has redesigned its Managed Print Services (MPS), allowing advanced security professional services and software solutions.

According to Pallasena Viswanath, HP Philippines managing director, networked printers should not be overlooked due to the growing number of cyber attacks.

”Thus, HP has infused security best practices into everything it does to protect customers against security challenges,” Viswanath said.

How does it work?

”Companies can outsource and improve their security profile and save valuable IT resources,” HP noted.

New services include security implementation service and advisory retainer service.

HP will provide its own specialized security support technicians to implement corporate print security plans. Moreover, HP’s security advisors will deliver ongoing security expertise, risk profile updates and support to evaluate security plans on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, HP has also pre-configured its printers for added security. That means the company has started to ship printers with less-secure interfaces closes, requiring customers to open ports and protocols if they are need when deploying new printers on their network.

”HP has started the process of closing older, less-maintained interfaces, including ports, protocols and cipher suites that were identified as less-secure,” the company said.

It added that HP’s Future Smart firmware update has improved admin password and encryption settings for both new and existing HP Enterprise printers.

The company is also actively working with software developers to modify their applications and utilize stronger interfaces.

Solutions enhancement

HP’s solutions enhancements focused on data, device and document security.

For instance, the HP Jet Advantage printing solutions were developed to streamline crucial business processes and tasks for enterprise customers. With this, the IT workload and costs will be reduced.

The latest security enhancement also include the Access Control, which provides authentication, authorization and secure printing capabilities.

The Access Control also enables users to log in/out through swiping a proximity card.

Robert Palmer, research director of IDC’s Imaging, Printing and Document Solutions team, said that organizations must take proactive steps to address security concerns in print and documents. (PNA) LGI/MCCA

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