Protecting sensitive electronic information is of greater concern than ever before. For those in industries such as legal or healthcare, the need to protect information from unauthorized access is even more critical given the demands of both governmental and organizational security regulations. And while most of us are aware of the need to protect our intranets, electronic file databases, email systems, etc., not all of us are aware of the need to also protect our peripheral devices from potential security risks.
At the simplest level, many organizations have shared printers that allow employees to print from their desk and retrieve their printed materials from the device. This often entails weeding through a pile of print outs and allowing others to view – or even take – sensitive information. In addition, media continue to cast light on the subject of whether peripheral devices save printed/scanned/copied materials on a hard drive that can later be accessed.
So how can you make certain your valuable data is safe from these threats? (more…)