5 Game of Thrones quotes about printer security

15 September 2016

2 min read

George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga is practically a cautionary tale of “danger is everywhere; you’re never safe.” And while as an IT manager you may not be defending your office from White Walkers or Wildlings, having a stout defense and vigilant guard are key to protecting your kingdom.

5 Game of Thrones quotes about printer security (Desktop)

Even though the only hacking going on in Westeros is done with a sword, we can learn some things about printer security and cybersecurity from the characters in “Game of Thrones.”

  1. Petyr Baelish silhouette

    “What we don’t know is what usually gets us killed.”
    - Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish

    It’s always the one you don’t see that gets you, right? Well, just as any smart person would always keep one eye on the conniving “Littlefinger,” it’s important for IT to be cognisant of potential network threats.

    Yet many IT pros overlook printer and embedded device security. According to the experts at Red Tiger Security, “Today most organisations do not have a security strategy for printers and embedded devices, have little or no security in place for these systems, or they may be getting sporadic input from their vendors.”1

  2. Tyrion Lannister silhouette

    “Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”
    - Tyrion Lannister

    “A giant ice wall at the edge of the known world? Let’s see what’s on the other side,” said no sane person, ever. But hackers often go looking where they shouldn’t, including your network, if they can. Putting the printer behind the firewall is key, but additional print security measures are also important.

    Take the time to use secure protocols, encrypted communications channels and turn on and configure an internal firewall on your printer or embedded device.

  3. Cersei Lannister silhouette

    “The more people you love, the weaker you are.”
    - Cersei Lannister

    Cersei believes in keeping your enemies close and your friends … what friends? But that’s a queen’s prerogative — you might actually have to trust some people. However, the more people who have administrative access, the more at risk you are.

    Secure printers with unique administrative passwords, and make sure to configure printers as you deploy them so that default usernames, passwords and unused ports are no longer active.

  4. Jon Snow silhouette

    “Winter is coming, and we know what’s coming with it. We can’t face it alone.”
    - Jon Snow

    Jon is a real team player, and a born leader. His people count on him, and he counts on them. Sound familiar? And to think: You don’t even have a white direwolf. Or do you?

    Employees have a vital role in maintaining network security. Unsecured, non-configured, rogue device deployments can be vulnerable to a breach. This includes large deployments such as printers and seemingly innocuous bring-your-own-device situations. Use rogue device detection and encourage your employees to seek your help securing any devices they deploy.

  5. Cersei Lannister silhouette

    “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.”
    - Cersei Lannister

    Whether you’re trying to sit atop the Iron Throne or keep your network safe, you’ve got to be #winning at all times! Otherwise, you end up as a (purely metaphorical) head on a spike.

    Even a small network breach can cost a lot of time and money to rectify. According an IDC white paper, a printer-related security breach can cost 54 employees’ worth of productivity, 277 hours to remedy and $500,000 in hard costs.2s So, an ounce of prevention is clearly worth a pound of cure.

Learn more at hp.com/go/PrintersThatProtect


1 Red Tiger Security white paper “Printer and Embedded Device Security,” May 2015.
2 IDC white paper, sponsored by HP, “The Business Value of Printer Security,” November 2015.