Ignoring Printer Security Could Get You Fired| Podcast Episode #6

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Do you know that most printers retain data that is being copied onto a hard drive?

Should a CIO care about this? Well, possibly not if the printer is outside sales or marketing as a workgroup printer, but what if it is outside legal? Or Human Resources?

It may be time for a bit of printer house keeping……

Can printers be used as a relay? Or a hot spot? Relay points? Can they contribute in a botnet?


In this podcast I interviewed a specialist on printer security, Kelley Dempsey, who is a Senior Information Security Specialist Information Technology Laboratory/Computer Security Division with National Institute of Standards and Technology. She just recently co-authored a paper called Risk Management for Replication Devices.

Kelley Dempsey


We discussed:

  1. The Genesis of the paper
  2. Printers
  3. Risks of Embedded Windows 2000 and Embedded XP on printers
  4. Managing printer service contracts
  5. Network takedown risk with DDOS
  6. Patching risk
  7. Monitoring risks
  8. Capabilities of printers like ‘overwriting’
  9. Encryption
  10. Segmentation
  11. What is non volatile storage
  12. Port management
  13. Non-volatile storage – confidentiality
  14. Risk Management – this is not a one size fits all approach. How do you balance your response.
  15. Service Contract/ Lease Agreements section is a good reminder piece from the operations perspective

The key takeaways for your teams are:


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All replication devices as mentioned above are not created equally technically or their use in the business or their functional purpose. 

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