Is printing a neglected gateway for cyber attacks?

While the drive towards digitisation is fuelled by the public sector’s aims to cut costs and increase efficiency, it also unfortunately comes with an increased surface area for cyber attacks to leverage.

The recent WannaCry ransomware epidemic really shone the spotlight on the public sector’s security weaknesses, with councils and NHS bodies dominating the headlines. With the EU’s impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect, the UK’s public sector is under scrutiny more than ever before.

Crucially, the new regulations include print and document management infrastructure, yet this is an area largely neglected when it comes to security. Gone are the days where your printer merely printed documents; nowadays they are intelligent networked assets and without adequate protection, cyber-attackers can easily gain access to multi-function printers (MFPs) and unencrypted data available across entire IT networks.

How GDPR ready is the public sector’s printer infrastructure?

In light of these approaching regulation changes, we wanted to see if the UK public sector was prepared. The results from our survey were eye opening; of the 161 UK public sector organisations questioned, only 59% were aware of the implications of the GDPR.

Although 55% regarded security concerns around access and data sharing of their print and MFP device management to be a key concern, only 44% of organisations currently have a printing security strategy. In part due to the recent wave of high profile cyber attacks, it seems most organisations are now more aware of the need for increased data security. But, as these results demonstrate, they aren’t giving enough attention to their print infrastructure’s security.

With less than a year to go before the GDPR hits, the biggest incentive to address print security is the extensive potential fines – either 4% of your global annual turnover or a fine of up to €20 million, whichever is greater. If you take a moment to think of how much information, potentially containing personal data, is either printed off or scanned using the MFPs in your organisation alone, you can begin to see the potential risk.

How KYOCERA can help you become GDPR ready

KYOCERA understands the confusion organisations face with trying to meet compliance. By bringing you printing solutions with innovative in-built security measures, we are simplifying the road to GDPR. As one of the world's leading office document solutions companies, KYOCERA has been supplying the public sector with products and services for more than 25 years.

Our product range includes ECOSYS printers, highly reliable TASKalfa and smart multifunctional devices complemented by various print, scan and copying security apps to ensure printing cyber security. Built on a foundation of long-life components, these products offer low total cost of ownership and high efficiency.

Providing security for the public sector

To make compliance for the public sector even more accessible, KYOCERA has recently been certified on the Crown Commercial Service RM3781 framework, which caters for the public sector’s MFD, managed print services and records information management needs.

Through this framework, KYOCERA serves local and central government, as well as NHS organisations, providing a reduction in print volumes and assisting the move towards digitisation.

If you are unsure whether or not you can purchase through the framework or would like to speak to one of KYOCERA’s GDPR experts, please get in touch by calling, emailing or visiting our website.

00845 7103104

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