Last year printer security captured our collective attentions as HP held the first bug bounty program for printer security, researchers showed that a fax number is all an attacker needs to exploit the vulnerabilities in our networks and hackers made printers into advertising machines. Organizations are quickly realizing that they can no longer ignore the vulnerabilities that printers expose to their networks and the gaps in their printer security.
Unfortunately, the more technologically advanced we become the more we open ourselves to threats. Forrester predicts that cybercriminals will hack smart cities because many are not securing their connected devices — including printers. In addition, the proliferation of mobile devices and the BYOD trend introduces another layer of complexity to an already daunting security challenge. Will 2019 be the year that cybercriminals wreak havoc on our businesses, cities and nations? Will the printer become the cyber vehicle of choice for hackers?
Joseph Steinberg, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies advisor pointed to the recent attack where a hacker forced 50,000 printers to print a message asking people to follow a YouTuber. He believes that we will see more incidents like this. While this attack was relatively harmless the ease of the attack shows us that we have a lot of work to do to close the printer security gap. In fact, Steve Morgan predicts that the “printer of things will be under attack in 2019.”
Top 19 Predictions from Cybersecurity Experts Printer & Document Security in 2019:
In 2019… Hackers will zero in on unprotected IoT devices —including printers
1. “The Printers-of-Things will be under attack in 2019 as cybercriminals zero in on unprotected devices in small to mid-sized businesses and large enterprises.” Steven C. Morgan, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Cybercrime Magazine
2. “Just over a month ago, a hacker successfully forced 50,000 printers to print a message asking people to follow a YouTube account. All the hacker had to do was use an automated printing tool and print to the first 50,000 printers discovered using a vulnerable-device search system. Nothing of note has been done to prevent similar future breaches—we will see more of them.” Joseph Steinberg, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies Advisor
3. “Cybercrime damages are predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. The cost of cyberattacks on organizations of all types and sizes will continue rising in 2019.” Steven C. Morgan, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Cybercrime Magazine
In 2019… Printers will become increasingly smart and interconnected
4. “Consumers are becoming used to interacting with items like TVs, speakers, refrigerators, and door bells through companion apps. As IoT expands to workplace MFPs and printers, workers will expect a unified and simple experience across their line of business applications and office hardware.” Anthony Vigliotti, Senior Director Product Management – Imaging, Nuance
5. “With the growth of AI and Machine Learning, we will have higher expectations of our print management solutions. We will want the system to remember our preferences, learn our habits (like what we print most), and make recommendations such as what we should store digitally in a CMS vs. print altogether.” Stacy Leidwinger, Vice President of Product – Imaging, Nuance
In 2019… Companies will be forced to recognize printer security risk
6. “We will finally start to see printers being treated as untrusted IoT and hackable embedded devices. They will no longer be seen as ‘safe desktop companions’ or ‘privileged network devices’ like they are now.” Shahid Shah, CTO, Citus Health, Inc.
7. “Printers will be further targeted by cybercriminals in what I am calling DDoP (Distributed Denial of Printing). The attacks will be widespread where all internet connected printers, wired or wireless, will be attacked and flooded with traffic data rendering them useless to employees—creating general workflow disruption.” Scott Schober, Cybersecurity Expert & Author of ‘Hacked Again’
8. “More old vulnerabilities will cause new problems for IoT devices—including printers and scanners. Just as this 10-year-old flaw was discovered in 2018, get ready for more old problems to become new in 2019. This pushes enterprises to take another look at their patching strategies.” Dan Lohrmann, Chief Security Officer, Security Mentor, Inc.
In 2019… Document protection will become a highly- prioritized focus
9. “Data stored in printer and scanner caches will become a popular repository for digital dumpster divers and a haven for cybercriminals. They will be able to steal anything that was ever printed, long after it was shredded.” Scott Schober, Cybersecurity Expert & Author of ‘Hacked Again
10. “Organizations that are already using various data loss prevention (DLP) methods will look to extend their protection capabilities to documents that are being printed or scanned on MFPs and printers.” Bill DeStefanis, Director Product Strategy – Imaging, Nuance
11. “State-sponsored hackers will initiate more focused remote attacks to steal government documents from unsecured network printers throughout the U.S. government. This theft will include personal information as well as IP (Intellectual Property).” Scott Schober, Cybersecurity Expert & Author of ‘Hacked Again’
In 2019… Tougher regulations will drive the need for better print management
12. “Compliance will be the top driver for investment in print management software as companies will look for ways to automate processes in print and document workflows.” Stacy Leidwinger, Vice President of Product – Imaging, Nuance
13. “Printer security gaps will impact compliance. HIPAA breaches can be caused by hidden malware on printers. Once malware is installed onto printers, the files meant to be printed will print (to remove suspicion) but files can also be silently redirected to hackers outside the network.” Shahid Shah, CTO, Citus Health, Inc.
“Companies will need help accurately monitoring and reporting on document movements to meet increasingly stringent regulations. Automatically- generated audit trails and alerts for abnormal behavior will help reduce both the costs of compliance audits and fines from failing audits.” Stacy Leidwinger, Vice President of Product – Imaging, Nuance 14
In 2019… BYOD demand will rise along with printing from unsecured devices
15. “As people become more accustomed to working on their mobile phones, we will see an increase in mobile usage for work. Employees will be printing, manipulating layouts, and initiating workflows from their mobile device instead of going to the MFP.” Tracey Mustacchio, Senior VP Product, R&D, Marketing – Imaging, Nuance
“More malware will find its way to network-connected printers from unsecured mobile devices, as individuals will be working less at the MFP and more from their phones and tablets.” Stacy Leidwinger, Vice President of Product – Imaging, Nuance 16
In 2019… Companies will use automation & unification to reduce human error
17. “Organizations understand that the weakest link in the security chain is the human. The adoption of cyber hygiene within an organization will become more prevalent because the strategy of making the employee part of the solution, not the problem, will yield a cyber-secure environment.” Shira Rubinoff, Cybersecurity Advisor, Thought Leader, Author & Influencer
18. “The best way to combat security risks that come along with print is to automate print processes and build policies that reduce human error. More companies will add automation to their print management.” Stacy Leidwinger, Vice President of Product – Imaging, Nuance
“We’ll continue to see a unification of disparate business systems, including printers and MFPs, where the underlying systems still exist with common usage of data, IT infrastructure, and user experiences.” Anthony Vigliotti, Senior Director Product Management – Imaging, Nuance 19
In 2019… Hackers will zero in on unprotected IoT devices—including printers Printers will become increasingly smart and interconnected Companies will be forced to recognize printer security risks Document protection will become a highly-prioritized focus Tougher regulations will drive the need for better print management BYOD demand will rise along with printing from unsecured devices Companies will use automation & unification to reduce human error.
Originally posted here: https://whatsnext.nuance.com/office-productivity/top-cybersecurity-predictions-for-2019/