Johannesburg, 18 Jul 2023
“The ever-expanding range of technologies competing to keep business information safe can be overwhelming for organisations striving to stay ahead,” says Greg Griffith, Senior Product Manager at Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.
According to Griffith, companies of all sizes are rapidly deploying new technologies, including cloud-print-scan and managed endpoint security solutions, to safeguard information between multiple sites or remote workers.
Business owners and managers are aware that MFPs (multifunction printers) present several security risks within the office environment. These risks include open access to printer trays, the potential to scan documents to external devices and systems, the lack of tracking and reporting capabilities for output information and the challenges in managing and monitoring activities of mobile users. However, despite these risks, Griffith believes MFPs play a crucial role in mitigating both internal and external threats. He emphasises: "MFPs offer businesses a first line of defence due to their onboard tools designed to prevent security risks during the document journey."
HDD encryption is one such tool, leveraging cyphers and algorithms to encrypt the MFP drive and ensuring unauthorised personnel or hackers cannot access sensitive information. USB port lockdown further restricts unauthorised devices from accessing endpoints and sensitive data, minimising the risk of data leakage. Firmware validation validates the device firmware, enabling MFPs to function securely and communicate with other software running on the device.
While MFPs serve as the first line of defence, Griffith highlights that the future lies in the cloud. "New technology should have a comprehensive cloud offering – a blend of infrastructure and software providing a highly available, secure and scalable hosting platform," he says. By adopting cloud-based solutions, businesses can print and scan to and from the cloud, ensuring secure storage of their critical data.
Kyocera's Cloud Print and Scan solution offers numerous advantages for organisations striving to enhance productivity in hybrid workspaces:
Secure print release: Data encryption and user authentication ensures that documents are outputted only after proper verification, maintaining the utmost confidentiality.
Multiple scan options: The solution allows scanning from various locations and offers the flexibility to scan to the cloud, third-party cloud storage or e-mail downloadable links, facilitating efficient document management and accessibility.
Reporting: Detailed reports by user or group provide actionable data, empowering businesses to effectively manage printing costs and make informed decisions.
Print policies: Assigning group print policies improves efficiency, promotes eco-friendly practices and reduces paper waste.
User management: The solution offers user-friendly features for setting limits, adding, importing and managing users and associated costs, simplifying administrative tasks.
Griffith expresses his enthusiasm for Kyocera’s Cloud Print and Scan solution, saying: "The solution builds on our print from anywhere and scan-to-the-cloud solution, and our users can securely boost business productivity while saving on operational costs.
To augment the security measures provided by MFPs and cloud-based solutions, Griffith recommends employing additional tools for comprehensive security protection. Data loss prevention (DLP) products ensure that sensitive or critical information does not leave the business network, safeguarding against accidental or malicious data sharing. Moreover, managed endpoint (MEP) solutions manage and secure an organisation’s endpoints – including desktops, laptops, mobile devices, servers and other devices in the network.
Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa
Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa is a group company of Kyocera Document Solutions Inc., a global leading provider of total document solutions based in Osaka, Japan. The company’s portfolio includes reliable and eco-friendly MFPs and printers, as well as business applications and consultative services which enable customers to optimise and manage their document workflow, reaching new heights of efficiency. With professional expertise and a culture of empathetic partnership, the objective of the company is to help organisations put knowledge to work to drive change.
For further information visit www.kyoceradocumentsolutions.co.za
KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc
Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. is a core company of Kyocera Corporation, a leading supplier of semiconductor packages, industrial and automotive components, electronic devices, solar power generating systems and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2019, Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated sales revenue totalled 1.62 trillion yen (approx. US$14.6 billion). Kyocera appears on the “Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators 2018-19” list by Clarivate Analytics and is ranked #655 on Forbes magazine’s 2019 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.