Printer Insecurity: Is it Really an Issue?

by Vernon Vail
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments SANS Institute Pen Testing & Audits threats/vulnerabilities

Printers are an essential tool for today’s business activities and therefore an essential component of today’s network infrastructure. Aside from computers, printers are usually the most commonly used devices on a network. While much attention has been focused on computer security, there has generally been very little attention given to printer security. Questions, however, are beginning to be raised, especially as more and more institutions are employing network scanning tools to search for vulnerabilities, and they are usually finding them in places they didn’t quite expect. There are now diverse opinions forming in the broad system and network infrastructure support world about this topic. It is becoming common to hear of contentious meetings and debates concerning real versus perceived threats and the potential reallocation of precious time and resources (equals money) to address printer insecurities.