Securing your printers

  • Business
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019


AN essential part in most smaller businesses and definitely a must-have for mid-sized or large corporations are printers and copiers.

With the rise of the Internet of Things, newer machines merge these two components and link them to a local area network (LAN) or even the wide area network (WAN).

Such connectivity provides a range of indispensable services, from the simple - like remote printing - to the more complex, like email and facsimile functions.

Nowadays, these multifunction printers or MFPs are essentially computers and that makes them just as vulnerable to electronic hacks that can threaten a company’s security.

Already, about 80% of organisations have reported at least one type of breach or threat, either internally or externally, in the past year. Of that, 30% originate from printers.

With a breach, hackers gain access to users’ private identities and classified company information and from there, it’s easy pickings.

To plug this loophole, the HP A3 PageWide Multifunction Printer (MFP) series amps up security by offering the world's most secure printing platform thus far — and it is made right here in Malaysia.

HP A3 PageWide’s systems analyse each process and helps prevent suspicious network requests.

Its printing software security starts right at the most basic: right at the MFP’s firmware and BIOS, then to the data that passes through, onwards to the document that’s printed or saved as a PDF and sent to the user.

The brand’s MFPs adopt a constant monitoring process to detect suspicious activities and help halt serious cyber attacks right at its “gates”. The systems analyse each process and react to prevent suspicious network requests quickly.

At the core is an artificial intelligence (AI) that makes regular checks for updates via the HP Connection Inspector. This enables the systems to self-repair in real-time and help maintain an efficient and secure environment within the MFPs.

The data stream coming through undergoes three gatekeeping stages. The first begins at the user, who can only gain access by authenticating the MFP with his personal identification number (PIN).

The second security layer takes the form of data encryption, which renders the data illegible if it was stolen before reaching the end point. Along the way, the system monitors for threats, rooting out and neutralising threats, much like the computer’s antivirus system.

Even when the data reaches the final stage, these MFPs continue to monitor for threats.

To further enhance durability, HP PageWide MFPs also ensure less interruptions and breakdowns, keeping downtime to a minimum and increasing output, thanks to its high-yield cartridges.

Its also produces professional colour prints for all business types due to its low-cost colour.

The HP PageWide MFP Managed P-Series can print 50% faster than its competitors, churning out 80 pages-per-minute.

It loads paper sizes up to A3 and can be customised with accessories, from an additional 550-sheet tray giving you two trays (you get Tray 2 as a standard) or another additional 550-sheet tray plus stand, for a three-tray MFP. Add a three-times 550-sheet paper tray plus a stand and you have four workable trays.

But if you require some heavy-duty printing, especially in a large corporation, a high capacity input (HCI) 4,000-sheet paper tray with stand should be a good choice.

HP’s A3 PageWide MFPs has 16 new platforms and over 50 unique models.

In addition, the HP PageWide MFP’s inline finisher comes with a stapler-included option on selected models.

The Managed E-series provides expanded capabilities featuring an even more secure authentication, as well as an optional wireless direct or near-field communication (NFC) and facsimile.

It has improved productivity with HP Flow and even an embedded optical character recognition (OCR) software for easy search or edit.

And when copying large volumes via its 200-page automatic document feeder, it can also detect and help prevent pages from being missed when scanning.

For now, you can get a brand new A3 copier at RM99 per month (terms and conditions apply).

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