Wireless Printers: You Are the Weakest Link
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Cyber Security & Your Wireless Printers
When assessing the security of your workplace’s data, the strength of your networks and trustworthiness of your employees are typically the first to be put in question. However, iTrust, a Singapore-based team of cybersecurity researchers, has proven that your wireless printers may be one of the weakest links in your workplace.
Researchers developed a system to compromise a company’s network through a WiFi-enabled printer by running a specially-designed application on an Android-quipped UAV. Once the drone is in reasonable distance, it can redirect the secured documents that were sent to the printer to the drone instead. The application then saves the documents and sends them back to the company’s printer in order to not draw suspicion.
Although the operations of their project are technologically specific and complicated, the research highlights the overlooked fact that printers are a weak link in your workplace and may be vulnerable to cyberattacks. A majority of Wi-Fi printers come with the wireless connection open by default and keeping the connection open gives hackers the ability to retrieve secured data.
Take iTrust’s research as a warning and check to make sure your company’s Wi-Fi printers have a closed and secured connection. This may sound like a broken record, but the Sony and Target cyberattacks proved that data breaches can happen to any company. Investing in cyber liability coverage can help defray the costs and get your company back on track. Contact our ‘A’ team for more information on cyber liability coverage options for your business.
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