Quocirca Analysis

Quocirca, a primary research and analysis  company specialising in the business impact of Information Technology and Communications (ITC) , released a market study in January 2017 looking at print security.  “Print security: An imperative in the IoT era – A market perspective on print security ”. The report discusses the risks of unsecured printing and recommends best practices for integrating print into an overall information security strategy. Konica Minolta was rated as an industry-leading manufacturer in terms of MFP standard security.

“Integrated MFP security technology has been a long-term focus of Konica Minolta and is central to Konica Minolta’s Optimized Print Services (OPS) strategy.. … Konica Minolta  offers a comprehensive range of solutions across access control, data security, network security and scanning security, with functionality varying across device. … Konica Minolta claims to have the widest range of ISO15408 fully certified MFPs in the market.”
Source: Quocirca (2017): Business and IT Analysis “Print security: An imperative in the IoT era – A market perspective on print security“, p. 14

Networked printers and multifunctional peripherals have evolved to the extent that they are smart sophisticated devices which run own software and services, thus making them integral document processing hubs. These devices are fitted with hard disk drives, and are capable to print, copy, fax and scan to network destinations,send e-mail attachments as well as monitor usage and collect data why they face the same security risk as any other network device if left unprotected.

Executive summary and recommendations:

  1. Lack of print security can compromise an organization.
  2. Organizations should not be complacent  about the risk of unsecured printers and MFPs.
  3. The print security market landscape is a complex array of products and standards.
  4. A security assessment of the print environment is vital in uncovering vulnerabilities.
  5. The complexity of mixed printer fleets introduces greater risk  – a consistent approach to security is better manageable with a single hardware brand.
  6. Security and mobility are inextricably linked through the deployment of pull-printing solutions.
  7. Organizations should develop a print security strategy, ideally integrated with its overall information security approach.
  8. The expansion of the managed print services (MPS) market will drive the adoption of print security products.

Although many organisations are partially blind to MFP security vulnerability, device security can be enhanced by implementing  a comprehensive combination of built-in security features with third-party software tools. The best defence is a good offence and this  is one of Konica Minolta’s strength!


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