900x595_Financial-Sector-Data-Attacks-Are-on-the-Rise-How-to-Protect-Your-Printer-Network_v1-2Here is a worrying statistic if you work in the financial industry: According to IBM researchers, over 200 million financial services records were breached last year – representing a staggering 937 percent increase on 2015. And what is more, experts say that financial sector industries are 65 percent more likely to be targeted by security attackers than any other type of company.

Breaches are multifarious in the modern world – they can come via your phone network in the form of voice phishing or via your PCs as ransomware or Trojans. But did you know that ne’er-do-wells can also target your printers?

Indeed, lax printer security can open up a back door for villains. And sadly, many financial industry pros are unsure about exactly where to start when it comes to beefing up their printer security.

Luckily, Samsung Printing recognizes that financial sector companies and other at-risk groups have an urgent need for high printer security – and have thus built protection into both its hardware and software solutions.


Hard as Nails

When it comes to printing security, Samsung’s multi-function printers (MFPs) are hard-hitters – ideal for financial service pros, whose business so often involves dealing with clients’ confidential information.


Samsung MFPs come with five layers of network security protection, and make extensive use of data encryption. All the data on Samsung Smart UX MFP hard drives, for instance, is encrypted. And what is more, all print jobs, PC scans, PDFs and emails that go through your printers get encrypted. That means that your confidential files stay safe at every single step of the printing journey.

With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth security protocols like TLS/SSL, SNMPv3, IPSec (IPv4, IPv6), 802.1x, Protocol and Port Management and IP/Mac Filtering in place, your wireless networks also stay watertight at all times.

And as accountability is so important in the financial sector, the Samsung Security Framework’s audit logs mean that IT admins can keep a close eye on permissions and security settings, to keep track of who has made changes to these, and when these alterations were made.

Additionally, with network authentication protocols like 802.1x, Kerberos, SMB and the Lightweight Directory Protocol, your company’s admins can ensure that only authorized individuals can access your printers – and that opportunistic villains will not be able to access any of the data that is stored on (or passes through) your print network.


Softly Does It

Samsung has been at the forefront of a printing software revolution ever since it unveiled its groundbreaking, Android-powered Smart UX Center. With dual-level security built in at the platform level, you get front-end safety with the center, while a main system platform securely stores your company’s print and user data.

You can step up your security yet further with the recently released Smart Security Manager app. This app makes checking printer security status more straightforward than ever. Instead of requiring admins to trawl through menus to find the security settings they are after, it instead provides them with a clutter-free security interface.


For users of Samsung’s five-solution suite of enterprise solutions, Business Core 2.0, the Printing Security Core lets admins manage permissions and configurations with ease. Furthermore, it offers another criminal-busting weapon for any financial sector pro’s security arsenal: pull printing.

With convenient and secure user authentication, as well as one-touch registration for ID cards or login/password combinations, pull printing means only authorized users can pick up print jobs from your MFP – eliminating the chance of prying eyes gaining access to precious client data. What is more, Printing Security Core lets you avoid the hassle of having to register cards for devices operating on the same network. Instead, you just complete one simple set-up process to ensure easy, secure authentication.



Turn up the Trust

With security breaches as high as they currently are in the financial sector, most professionals agree that when it comes to tech-related matters, safety should always come first. After all, modern clients are unlikely to give financial companies a second chance if they hear that their service providers have cut corners with security.

Fortunately, with Samsung, security is built-in at every step of the way, and upgrading to even tighter levels of security is easy. Financial sector pros need to have the utmost confidence in their tech – because in the financial market, trust is the name of the game.