Print Management Technology: A Reality Check
It has been hard to miss the recent news story surrounding Reality Winner, the curiously named twentysomething NSA contractor who confessed to being the source of a leaked classified document concerning Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. What is easier to miss is the method used to abscond with the classified information. Unlike… [ Read more ]
Is Your Security Compromised by a Weak Print Strategy?
In February 2017, a hacker going by the name “stackoverflowin” accessed over 150,000 internet-connected printers and printed messages stating, “Your printer has been pwnd’d!” — hacker-speak for gaining access to and claiming ownership of a system. When an organization’s network is breached, it is a serious threat to information security. In this situation, however, the… [ Read more ]
Secure Printing: Is Your Company Ready For “The Wolf”?
Good for HP for successfully calling attention to an overlooked aspect of corporate security strategy, and for doing so in such a novel way. If you have not yet seen The Wolf, HP’s print security mini-movie, then you’re in for a treat. At Pharos, we share HP’s belief that it’s critical to… [ Read more ]
Reduce Your IT Costs and Security Risks
Federal agencies are increasingly under intense scrutiny and pressure to cut costs, tighten security and become more sustainable. Agencies can go about this any number of ways, but one path toward achieving all of these goals is often hidden: the proactive management of office printing. Print management solutions are a hidden treasure for government and… [ Read more ]
Does Your Organization Have a Print Security Policy?
Not everyone thinks about printers when it comes time to create or reevaluate security policies. However, to avoid cracks in the foundation of your organization’s network security, it’s important to implement policies and procedures for the print infrastructure across the enterprise to keep it secure and your systems protected. The other facet of print security… [ Read more ]
Are Printers Part of Your Security Strategy?
Given the proliferation of printers in banking (a large institution may have tens of thousands of printers spread across the country) printer management needs to play a critical role in the ongoing war against hackers. This issue recently came to the forefront in a hack at Bangladesh Bank that resulted in the loss of $81… [ Read more ]
A Print Management Strategy for Healthcare Organizations
Print management is rarely a popular topic of discussion among leaders in healthcare, even when they’re performing value analyses and devising strategies to reduce costs. Many healthcare organizations have a contract with a managed print services (MPS) provider, and too often, the assumption is that all potential savings are accounted for in the contract. MPS… [ Read more ]
Printers Must Be Part of a Strong Security Policy
You may have heard about the recent hack that resulted in the printing of racist fliers at several U.S. universities. This event is appropriately turning attention to an often overlooked area of vulnerability. You might not think of printers and multi-function devices as a high-risk security target, but as experts in the print industry, we… [ Read more ]
How Healthcare Organizations Can Reduce Costs and Secure Information
In 2005, HIMSS Analytics developed the electronic medical record adoption model (EMRAM) to measure the degree to which hospitals have improved their electronic medical record systems and facilitated progress toward paperless workflows. EMRAM measures the use of information technology applications according to eight stages, from 0 to 7, in which Stage 7 is the highest… [ Read more ]
Secure Printing: A Critical Strategy for Financial Institutions
Print management is an important business function for banks, but it’s often overlooked. Despite the emphasis on security these days, companies too often ignore the security and confidentiality of internally printed materials, and they don’t see the hidden costs of indiscriminate printing behaviors. To secure print workflows, educate employees and reduce the cost of printing… [ Read more ]