Stop reading this and have a look at your printer. Go ahead – have a look. When you look at that piece of plastic you probably think that it’s one of the dumbest office technologies in your office.
You basically hit print and paper comes out.
But what you might not realize is that your printer – especially your network printers – is filled with all sorts of complex software and is a mini-computer with a hard disk. What does this mean?
This means that it can serve as a host for a VERY nasty virus and infect your network.
Computer World writes The Blaster worm hit McCormick and Co. hard and fast. It entered the famous spice company through a service provider connection and ripped across plants and offices in a matter of hours. What was most vexing, however, was that the virus kept coming back on disinfected network segments.
Upon further investigation, it turned out that Blaster, as well as some instances of the Sasser worm, were trying to repropagate from infected network printers.
The best protection you can take is to patch, patch, patch and work with your printer vendor to ensure your printer is secure.
The article continues that Last year, Symantec [a sponsor of Small Business Summit 2007] logged 12 new security vulnerabilities for five network printer brands: Brother, Canon, Epson, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark and Xerox.
I know there’s so much you have to do to ensure your business is digitally secure – but that’s the cost of doing business so do it.
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