There’s been a lot of talk lately about a recently discovered vulnerability in fax-capable all-in-one printers. What’s the risk? Hackers may be able to access your network by exploiting vulnerabilities in fax machine communication protocols.
The tactic (called “faxploit”) is alarming because all that’s required is a fax number, and it enables hackers to bypass an organization’s security controls such as firewalls and network intrusion detection. This is happening to fax-capable print devices with color printing options only. Millions of devices are potentially at risk for this type of attack and compromise.
The good news? There’s a fix. Vulnerable machines can be identified, and firmware updates can be deployed to protect them.
At EPM, we take action to promptly safeguard the environments we supervise. That’s because we conduct thorough, up-front assessments to analyze and fully detail your current print infrastructure. Having a comprehensive understanding of all your devices, their configurations, and locations allows us to provide instantaneous management of your printing devices and safeguard your environment against such threats. Once the fax vulnerability was published, we were able to quickly mitigate the risk by deploying updates to vulnerable devices. We also removed and replaced systems as needed. All because we have complete, up-to-the-minute information about each and every device.
How do you make sure you’re safe? At EPM, we recommend you:
- Keep firmware up-to-date on all devices
- Eliminate all unused fax devices
- If possible, move from physical to digital faxing
By maintaining a proactive approach, you can protect your network and your workflow, and reduce your risk to this and other vulnerabilities.
EPM is a process management solutions provider backed by decades of professional business management experience. With our core offering, print as a Service, EPM assists enterprises streamlining processes to increase efficiency, productivity and profitability. EPM is the first to envision this kind of management-focused solution.We originated the approach and have been trusted to implement it in major organizations looking to streamline and innovate.The result? An optimized environment that delivers tremendous savings in cost, time, and administrative responsibility. Request a complimentary consultation from EPM today. And put your productivity first.