Category: Print Security

The Complications of Security Printing in Business

It is a misconception by many, that security of printing in business matters. However, a Quocirca report recently indicated that 61% of organisations reported at least 1 print-related data breach in the past year. The consequences of this, is not only expensive but time consuming for your business. So, what are the common security printing threats? Mode have examined the most that would be detrimental to you. (a) Printed documents left in the printer tray. This happens more regularly than you think. A team member prints a document, likely a sensitive document and it is forgotten about as they become distracted by another task. This then makes that document susceptible to theft by anyone that has access to your offices. read more...

Is Cloud Printing Secure?

Cloud printing is a fast and convenient printing solution. It allows you to print from any device, such as your computer, phone or tablet, to an internet connected printer. By using cloud printing, your business can benefit from reduced operating cost and improved workflows. However, because cloud printing means that print jobs are rendered on a public infrastructure, before being sent to print, it can impose a security risk. Another security risk to consider when using cloud printing is the interception of a print job when it has been completed and is waiting for collection. So how can you ensure a safe and secure cloud printing service? Below are a few cloud printing security tips…. Follow me printing ‘Follow me’ read more...

Why is Information Security Still so Fragile Within Businesses?

Security used to mean CCTV, a manned gate and employees only being able to gain access with a pass. Security of information consisted of lockable cupboards within your offices and that was enough. However, times have certainly changed in the age of dramatic transformation regarding the digital world, and how we defend the information our businesses hold has certainly had to change. Or has it? It appears with recent research, that Companies are still failing to see the importance or protecting confidential information with proper security measures, or rather they’re choosing not to engage with the growing threat of cyber attacks by ensuring they have basic IT security. Mode investigates the threat that all businesses face. Ransomware-an increasing threat: Rates read more...

6 Questions to Ask Potential Managed Print Companies

Managed print services (MPS) can offer big benefits for your business. By finding the right service you can spend less time managing documents and more time on your business goals. Asking potential managed print companies the right questions will help you get the best return on investment in the future. To help you evaluate your best print management solution and find a service provider who can meet the needs of your organisation, here are six crucial questions you should be asking… Where can we read your client reviews? Client feedback is a great place to start. Do your research and see if you can find online reviews and testimonials for each potential MPS. Do they deliver what they promise? What read more...

8 Steps to Ensure Your Business is Printing Securely

In any business, the need to protect your assets and information is increasingly crucial as criminal hackers become more sophisticated in their approach to either illegally gain information or disrupt your business. You will need to ensure you print securely if: You print sensitive documents There is a need to comply with industry standards You must/want to protect your IT network from outside threats Why are printers even considered a threat? MFD’s/Desktop printers all contain hard drives that are necessary in order to queue print jobs-these can be hacked if they are not secure. Printers that are not configured properly can provide access for a hacker Sensitive documents are recoverable from photocopiers Minimise the security risk Ensure you have a read more...

Cyber Security: How do SME’s protect themselves?

Cyber-crime has often been regarded as something a teenager does from their bedroom or criminal individuals to disrupt businesses or for small gain. However, this is no longer the case anymore. Cyber-crime is a major part of organised crime and has now become so large scale that it is being run by gangs that are able to purchase tools cheaply to perform mass attacks on businesses. Mode looks at the most common forms of attacks and what we recommend for combating this. Phishers: Phishing emails pose as emails from trustworthy companies, they could look like they have come from a trusted company you deal with or even a customer, asking for information or even urgent action like making a payment read more...

What is Secure Printing?

Secure and printing are not two words that are often in the same sentence or understood when placed together. However, with GDPR law now firmly in place businesses cannot afford to be complacent about printing securely. Whilst security has become important for businesses, less than 25% have adopted secure printing practises, and this problem is becoming bigger. Quocirca recently reported the many vulnerabilities around print and that now in the era of advanced connectivity and our ability to collect, process and store large volumes of data, the photocopier or printer has become the weak link in security and no longer can we ignore this. Quocirca quotes that 61% of large Companies have admitted to suffering a data breach. Therefore, now read more...

Security in the Printing Environment

Businesses cannot forget that GDPR came into Law this May. However, whilst office equipment has significantly improved over the years in terms of functionality and security, many companies still have outdated equipment that could be a potential security issue. People often don’t associate printing with security breaches, however as cyber criminals increase in sophistication, often network firewalls and printers are insufficient in providing businesses the security they need. You may think that that equipment is just a box in the corner of your office that allows you to print and copy but this is how your box can be putting your business at risk: Storage: devices that record images and print them are effectively storing sensitive information on the internal read more...

Could This Be the Year for Your Business to Review its Security Measures?

2018 has been ear marked as the year as having the potential to be worse for cyber-attacks. This bold statement has been substantiated by a survey commissioned by Acronis (leading experts in data protection and storage), based on evidence in 2017 where ransomware variants have seen an increase of 46% meaning that detection is now more challenging. It is now apparent that high quality, secure backup solutions are necessary for businesses to protect against ransomware to ensure the risk to losing data is minimal and devices are secure. If, as a business, your understanding of ransomware is limited, it is essential you educate yourselves now, as the cost to your business will only increase. Criminals in this field have fine read more...

Is Your Business Secure from Attack?

Cyber attack reports have been such hot topics lately with some high-profile cases being reported. Most recently in the light of the new GDPR law and the ever-increasing sophistication of hackers, it is even more important that your systems are secure. However, this comes and a cost and more often, SME’s are over looking this essential part of security due to cost. These are Mode’s tips: Not all data is equal: Your business will hold employee data, client data, product, services data. All needs to be treated differently and held securely. Data Back up: this needs to be done on regular basis. A back up is regular copying, reorganising and storing of all digital information. This can be physically stored read more...