MANY COMPANIES ARE BLIND TO PRINTER-SECURITY RISKS

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MANY COMPANIES ARE BLIND TO PRINTER-SECURITY RISKS

 user 2009-06-19 at 2:02:32 pm Views: 61
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    http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2244288/employees-blind-security-risks
    Companies blind to printer-security risks
    40 per cent of staff have seen sensitive documents abandoned on the print tray
    A
    new survey by Samsung has uncovered what it claims is an alarming lack
    of security awareness among UK workers when it comes to printing
    documents.Just under half of all employees are regularly exposed to
    sensitive data, such as a document abandoned on a printer, and Samsung
    warned that awareness of the issues this presents must be
    improved.Around 14 per cent of respondents admitted seeing salary
    details, 22 per cent had seen performance appraisals and 34 per cent
    had seen CV information.

    Samsung’s poll of 4,500 European office
    workers found that many are not aware of any printing security
    processes or technologies in place at their company to prevent
    printer-based information leaks.UK organisations which deal in a large
    number of sensitive documents, such as the banking and finance sector,
    saw the most incidences of data exposure, with 40 per cent claiming to
    have seen sensitive documents on the print tray.Samsung warned that
    eight in 10 UK respondents were not aware that printers store all
    recent documents on an easy to remove hard drive, while over
    three-quarters did not know that a networked printer is as easily
    hacked as a PC.”The potential for security breaches is vast, and can
    only be overcome if employees are educated about the pitfalls of
    leaving abandoned documents, and with the help of a controlled printing
    process,” said Geoff Slaughter, director of Samsung Print in the UK.