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If You’re Not Investing In Printer Security, How Will You Afford to Pay for a Data Breach?

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If You’re Not Investing In Printer Security, How Will You Afford to Pay for a Data Breach?

Today’s printers look a whole lot like PCs. They have many of the same hardware components as PCs, including disk drives, keyboards, and LCD control panels. This is true of firmware and software as well: printers have built-in operating systems, run executables, have DLLs, and run common protocols. Printers and MFPs are connected to the Internet and can be used to send emails. Today’s printer is a fully functioning client on the network.

From the point of view of network security, printers require the same degree of protection as PCs. HP is leveraging the leading security technology in our HP PCs to make our printers even more secure. Our best-in-class features not only protect the device and the network from attack, but self-heal to keep the device running without IT intervention.

Security issues aren’t limited to your computers and networks.

Printers are like PCs

Defend your network with the world’s most secure printing.

Only HP print security offers real-time detection, automated monitoring and built-in software validation to stop threats the moment they start. With HP, you’re more secure on every level, so the trouble that’s out there stays out.

Print security features automatically detect and stop attacks

HP business printers, from Pro through Enterprise, can automatically detect and stop an attack (and notify your system of potential trouble) during all phases of operation:

  • During start up. The boot code (for Pro devices) or BIOS (for Enterprise devices) is a set of instructions used to load critical hardware components and initiate firmware. The integrity of the code is validated at every boot cycle—helping to safeguard your device from attack.
  • When loading firmware. Only authentic, good code—digitally signed by HP—is loaded into memory. If an anomaly is detected, the printer reboots to a secure, offline state and notifies IT.
  • During run-time. HP embedded features help protect printers while they’re powered on and connected to the network—right when most attacks occur. HP devices detect and prevent unexpected changes to memory.
  • When connecting to the network. Unique HP technology is used to inspect outgoing network connections to stop malware from “calling home” to malicious servers, stealing data, and compromising your network. (Enterprise printers only)

HP Enterprise and Managed devices can self-heal

In addition to being able to detect and stop threats, HP Enterprise and Managed printers automatically self-heal from attacks, so IT doesn’t need to intervene. These features automatically trigger a reboot in the event of an attack or anomaly:

  • HP Sure Start. If the BIOS is compromised, HP Sure Start forces a reboot and reloads with a safe “golden copy” of its BIOS.
  • Run-time intrusion detection monitors complex firmware and memory operations, automatically stops the intrusion, and reboots in the event of an attack.
  • HP Connection Inspector uses unique HP technology to evaluate outgoing network connections, determine what’s normal, stop suspicious requests, and thwart malware by automatically triggering a reboot.

With the investment protection that upgradeable HP FutureSmart firmware provides, you can add some of these embedded features to many existing HP Enterprise and Managed printers.

Configured for security—automatically

Part of good device security is making sure that your device is configured properly. The default settings on HP business printers are designed to make them more secure from the start. And HP JetAdvantage Security Manager plays a key role in keeping them secure. After a reboot occurs—or any time a new device is added to the network—HP Security Manager automatically assesses and, if necessary, remediates device security settings to comply with pre‑established configuration policies. IT managers can schedule regular Security Manager assessment/remediations, or manually launch one at any time.

Ensuring proper device configuration not only helps protect your network and data, it helps you meet compliance regulations and avoid costly fines.

Detect and document threats

Administrators can be notified of security events via Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools such as SIEMonster, ArcSight and Splunk.

Secure the Device

For comprehensive policy-based fleet security management, choose HP JetAdvantage Security Manager.

  • It provides automated security monitoring of device security settings.
  • It helps you increase security, strengthen compliance, and reduce risk across your printing and imaging fleet.
  • It saves IT time by automating many processes.

HP Security Manager offers a simple, intuitive process to establish secure settings across your fleet of printers, and automatically secures new devices as soon as they are added to your network. With over 250 settings on an Enterprise MFP, this process can save IT thousands of hours. HP Security Manager also provides efficient fleet management of unique identity certificates.

The “Instant-On” feature of HP JetAdvantage Security Manager also checks and, if necessary, resets the device settings during a reboot—adding to the auto-recovery from an attack discovered by run-time intrusion detection or HP Sure Start.

How it works:

HP JetAdvantage Security Manager makes it easy to monitor and protect your entire fleet.

  • Easily create a print security policy by leveraging the HP Security Manager Base Policy template.
  • Use HP Instant-on Security to secure new HP devices as soon as they are added to your network. The software automatically configures settings to comply with your corporate security policy.
  • Configure HP Security Manager to automatically assess devices on a regular schedule, or launch an assessment at any time.
  • The solution automatically remediates any settings that are out of compliance so all devices are compliant with your security policy.
  • Another benefit is automatic fleet management of device certificates. The administrative overhead to install unique identity certificates across your fleet of HP devices is now less than manually installing on a single device.
  • Actively maintain and verify compliance with your defined security policies by using HP Security Manager automated monitoring and risk-based reporting.

When HP Security Manager is deployed with our Enterprise printers, our print security embedded technologies and software solutions materially “harden” our printers against known attacks. We can confidently say that we offer the most secure printers you can buy today. And, everything works together seamlessly to not only protect the network, but also make it easy for IT to administer.

HP Jet Advantage

HP FutureSmart upgradeable firmware is a unique and powerful operating system that enables your HP enterprise printers, MFPs, and network scanners to be more useful and productive, today and well into the future.

  • Get the latest security enhancements, mobile device connectivity, or workflow features
  • Equip your existing HP devices with the same features as next-generation devices*
  • Get consistent, intuitive user controls across devices
  • Upgrade HP FutureSmart over time, similar to a PC’s operating system, with service packs or major new functionality releases
  • Easily push FutureSmart updates across the fleet using HP Web Jetadmin

A great example of the investment protection FutureSmart can provide is whitelisting, run-time intrusion detection, and HP Connection Inspector. Most older HP Enterprise printers can add these features through a FutureSmart update. So you can get this breakthrough security technology on printers you already own.



Check out this HP Secure printing case study from DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Case Study

For more information or a print security assessment, contact us today.