Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Hackers to target copiers next?

You might think you've heard about every possible security vulnerability in your network, but what about your copiers?

"Network-connected output devices are becoming an absolute primary target of people, foreign and domestic, who are penetrating networks," according to Jim Joyce, senior vice president for office services at Xerox Global Services. "The reason for that is many of them are large devices with large disk drives, with a fair amount of memory and are network connected and are not secure. This laptop [I'm using for this presentation] is probably ten times more secure than any of the output devices we have in our environments today."

Joyce, speaking Tuesday at the two-day Office Document Solutions conference in Boston, was among a number of presenters who implored makers of printers, copiers, scanners, and other such devices to start thinking about more than just selling boxes to customers.
Joyce said during an interview after his speech that Xerox has poured some $20 million in recent years into technologies to better manage office and document systems and is putting a particular emphasis on security these days. He noted that some machines, such as multifunction devices, might have several operating systems in them that could provide security holes if not protected.

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