Last year Affinity Health Plan had to notify more than 409,000 customers, clinicians, employees, job applicants and others about a breach related to personal information stored on the hard drives of copiers it returned to a leasing company. Hard drives aren’t the only risk -- A financial institution reported an unauthorized employee was able to examine sensitive IPO information sitting in the output tray at the printer near his desk --- and publicly shared it. That resulted in an estimated $7 million loss.
While security risks from networked printers are nothing new, they do represent an often unrecognized security risk. How do you assess whether your environment is properly protected? The first step is to understand the six imaging and printing vulnerability points: