The Internet Outage Should Be a Wake-up Call For Printer Owners

The Internet Outage Should Be a Wake-up Call For Printer Owners
Last Friday, many popular internet sites were taken down or slowed to a crawl by a cyber attack.

This attack used a new type of malware that takes control of millions of devices connected to the internet — including routers, baby monitors, and cameras — without their owners’ knowledge.

The attack was aimed at a New Hampshire tech company called Dyn, likely because they route and optimize traffic for a who’s who list of major internet companies like Airbnb, Etsy, Spotify, and Twitter, as well as popular news sites like The New York Times, The Financial Times and

The infected devices were turned into a virtual army that worked together to overwhelm Dyn’s systems with junk traffic, crippling access to their clients’ sites for several hours. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating the attack.

This attack didn’t happen to involve printers, but it easily could have. Much like a PC, or any other device connected to the internet, printers are vulnerable to cyber attack. And if your printers are connected to your network, your network is vulnerable, too.

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Risks and costs of unprotected printing environments

Cyber crime, internal breaches, compliance infringement, and more can hurt your business, and while most IT departments do a good job of protecting their PCs, they are effectively leaving their back door open by not protecting their printer fleet.

  • 60% of companies surveyed had a data breach involving printers
  • 73% of chief information security officers expect a major security breach within a year
  • 64% of IT managers state their printers are likely infected with malware

It all adds up to financial loss


  • Fines
  • Loss of business
  • Damaged reputation
  • Class-action lawsuits
  • $7.7M 
Average annual cost 
of cyber crime

printer security

HP printers with FutureSmart deliver the industry’s deepest printer security

The latest generation of HP Enterprise printers are unique in the marketplace because they offer three key technologies together designed to thwart attackers’ efforts and self-heal. These features automatically trigger a reboot in the event of an attack or anomaly.

After a reboot occurs, HP JetAdvantage Security Manager automatically assesses and, if necessary, remediates device security settings to comply with pre-established company policies.

There’s no need for IT to intervene. Administrators can be notified via Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools such as ArcSight.

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3 Steps to a Secure Device

  • HP Sure Start: validates the integrity of the BIOS code. If the BIOS is compromised, HP Sure Start reboots the device and loads a safe, “golden copy” of the BIOS.

  • Whitelisting: During startup, the firmware is checked to ensure that it is authentic, known-good code—digitally signed by HP.

  • Run-time Intrusion Detection: Constantly monitors and detects anomalies during complex firmware and memory operations. In the event of an intrusion, the device automatically reboots.

HP Printer Security Video

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Greg Bussmann
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Greg Bussmann is a Marketing Specialist at Office Essentials. He is a lifelong, proud St. Louisan, a technology enthusiast, and father to four teenage daughters. He spends his spare time providing rides, chaperoning dates and trying to keep track of his credit cards. He also enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals when it's his turn to use the remote. Email Greg anytime.