Secure IT Live
A familiar device with a new twist - printer security - Episode 28
I spent a number of days at the FOSE / GovSec show in DC put on by the 1105 Media Group and had some good conversations with a number of folks over there. The show itself like all others has clearly shrunk in size but there seemed to still be quite a bit of energy on the show floor and in the sessions.
Over the years I have talked to many sharp industry luminaries about new technologies and the security issues inherent in implementing them that we need to be aware of. A classic one related to this discussion was that of VoIP and how it made IT and IS people come to learn how a phone system can have a direct, and if not properly configured and secured, devastating impact on an organizations network.
Over the last couple of years printers have moved in to the same catagory. Printers and imaging devices (copiers, etc) now are not only connected to our networks but also have a ton of storage on board, raising security, compliance and general internal ownership issues - who owns that piece of the enterprise now, is it still facilities, or is it IT or now how do the IS people fit in?
To help answer some of these questions I was pleased to be able to sit down with Michael R Howard, WW Business Development Manager for Security Solutions in the Imaging and Printing side of HP. Long title I realize, but smart guy, and bottom line, Michael is the guy in the middle of the business of securing printers.
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