HP Innovates with Printer Security

hpHewlett-Packard has announced three new  LaserJet Enterprise printers, each made with the goal of increasing protection against malicious attacks. This is a part of HP’s plan to provide the deepest security in both the PC and printer market. According to the popular computer manufacturer, security is the most prominent issue in the tech-world today.

“Protecting against security breaches is one of the biggest challenges our customers face,” said Tuan Tran, HP’s vice president and general manager for LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions. “HP is helping customers secure their devices, documents, and data by defending our enterprise printers with the strongest protection in the industry.”

Printer security is an issue not everyone knows about, but it’s very real. According to the Ponemon Institute, 64 percent of IT managers say their printers are likely infected with malware. Further to that point, an alarming 56 percent of enterprise companies ignore printer security in their overall strategies.

In an effort to combat this issue, HP’s new printers will have industry-leading security features built directly into the machines. These features include detection of, and self-healing recovery from, malicious BIOS attacks, as well as whitelisting to assure only good firmware can be loaded and executed on the printer. These set of features will now come standard on new HP LaserJet Enterprise and OfficeJet Enterprise X printers.

The three new printers being released by the company are the HP LaserJet Enterprise M506 series for monochrome printing, the HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M527 series for monochrome printing and two-side scanning, and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M577 series for colour printing, two side-scanning and dual-sided printing. The HP LaserJet Enterprise M506 will be available in stores on October 1, while the other two models will be available by November 2.