Practical Steps to Enhance Information Security

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  When one thinks about threats to organizational security, the words hackers and computer viruses come to mind. In this world of network attacks, printers, copiers and fax machines are easy to overlook. These systems can store trade secrets, financial and medical information, and valuable information like customer lists or pricing schedules. Loss of this information could be devastating. The good news is that there are practical steps you can take to improve the security of your printers and copiers.

  1. Track Printing Access Output tracking technologies can keep a record of which documents are printed. You can access the printing logs to see what documents an employee has printed. Your staff will know that the company is monitoring information security thus creating an environment where employees are hesitant to steal information through the printer.
  2. Encrypt Hard Drives on Multifunction Systems When you scan a document on a multifunction system the scanned image is stored on the device’s hard drive before it is sent off to an email address or network folder location. New security technologies can encrypt documents on the multifunction system’s hard drive and make sure files are erased after they have been transmitted.
  3. Electronic Document Management System An electronic document management system (EDMS) provides a central location for paper and digital information that can be restricted through the use of passwords. The system keeps a log of any document that has been viewed and can control the printing, emailing or saving of certain documents.

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