The business value of printer security

20 March 2017

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‘The Business Value of Printer Security’ by IDC revealed some intriguing stats about how businesses view printer security – and what’s starting to change.

The business value of printer security (Desktop)

According to “The Business Value of Printer Security,” a report by IDC, 80 percent of companies said that IT security is important to their business processes, but only 59 percent of these companies said that printer security is important. These findings show a lack of attention to security that may leave businesses vulnerable—when substantial IT and business benefits can be gained from a secure print environment.

This report from IDC research includes:

  • An examination of how companies prioritise IT and security
  • A look at the top vulnerabilities businesses face when they fail to security
  • The types of enterprises embracing print/document security
  • The key benefits of security programs
  • The pillars of a strong security program

IDC’s research found that more than half of companies surveyed have experienced an IT security breach that included printer security within the past 12 months.

Organisations’ print/document environments are full of vulnerabilities, which can come from malicious attacks from inside or outside the organisation, as well as careless usage of printing devices and output.

Organisations must take proactive steps to address security concerns in the print and document infrastructure, and the managed print service (MPS) provider, like HP, should be viewed as an important partner in this endeavour,” said Robert Palmer, Research Director with IDC’s Imaging, Printing and Document Solutions team.

When organisations have initiated a security program, it was revealed that they have achieved the most significant benefits and business value in three areas: improved printer security, IT staff efficiencies, and cost reductions.

How security solutions are implemented determines not only their effectiveness but also how much employee productivity is impacted. There are key technology, people, and process requirements to consider to ensure maximum benefits.

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