McAfee and Xerox join hands to put print on IT security agenda
Printer manufacturer Xerox Corporation and security solution provider McAfee Inc. have joined hands to bring in a new security solution that will protect printing devices and data from malware.
“When a multifunction device receives data and processes it for printing, copying, scanning or faxing, it becomes susceptible to malware attacks, a risk that often is overlooked,” said Tom Moore, vice-president (security) at McAfee, during the McAfee’s Focus 2012 conference.
The Xerox and McAfee security solution will simplify processes for IT administrators with software embedded into a multifunction device’s controller (the machine’s main onboard computer) to raise an immediate alert and audit trail to track and investigate the time and origin of security threats, and take appropriate action. This will eliminate the need for IT administrators to constantly stay on top of malware threats and proactively block them.
According to Rick Dastin, president of the Office and Solution Business Group at Xerox, print-centric devices are forgotten parts of a company’s security stance – with only 13% of organizations mentioning printers or MFPs as a potential “at risk” device in a recent joint survey by the two companies.