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We asked some of our members to provide insights on home printers and security and this is what they shared:

Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Technology & Strategy, Adobe

Home printers don’t have the office IT infrastructure controlling access to the device that might be used to decide who can print and what can be printed. Instead, security policies can be applied to PDF documents to restrict who can print, either using passwords or (if your organization supports Experience Manager Document Security) user or group-based privileges.

 

Ingrid Kelly, Strategic Alliances, HP Inc.

HP’s Wolf Security Blurred Lines & Blindspots Report shows that 82% of office workers surveyed said they had worked from home more since the start of the pandemic than previously, while 39% expect to predominately work from home post-pandemic or split their time equally between home and office-based working. The report also shows that changing work styles and behaviors are creating new vulnerabilities for companies, individuals, and their data and as a result, home workers are increasingly being targeted by hackers. Consumers need to ensure that they have good security policies in place and leverage comprehensive endpoint protection and resiliency that starts at the hardware level and extends across all of the software and services they use.

 

Eric McCann, Manager, Software Marketing, Lexmark

IT departments are extending their current corporate requirements to devices used in home offices. Considerations include passwords for configuration, monitoring through print services tools and even requiring a local VPN connection for printing from core systems.

 

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