WATCH THIS: Christian Slater Steals Business Information from Printers
Spoiler: Sadly, Batman doesn't come crashing through a window to save the day.
Although this video might be a tad bit overproduced (can't hate the Slate!), the point is still valid - printers have come a long way from those little inkjets that used to sit in a closet or under your desk. So much so, in fact, that printer security has actually become a real issue that businesses, large and small, need to take into consideration.
Think about it: how much of your company's vital information has passed through your printers? You may not know the answer to this off the top of your head, but there's often a simple way to find out within just a click or two.
Yesterday, I snapped this picture off of our primary in-house MFP (details blurred for obvious reasons).
All it took was one click. One click. Your business financials and forecast? One click. HR records and employee W-2 information? One click. That "Get Well Soon" card you printed off for Sheila? You get the idea.
The moral of the story is this: don't make the mistake of neglecting your office hardware when running security audits. Make sure that when you do upgrade your printers, you are getting hard drives wiped clean and properly disposed of. And most of all, ensure that you're taking the proper steps to restrict private network printer access to your employees.