Security vendor, McAfee and document management vendor, Xerox Corporation, have collaborated to offer protection against malware and viruses.
As part of the partnership, Xeroxs networked multifunction printer will use McAfee embedded control software, a sophisticated filtering method that allows only approved programs to get through.
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The announcement was made at McAfees global security conference in Las Vegas.
According to McAfee embedded security vice-president, Tom Moore, when a multifunction device receives data and processes it for printing, copying, scanning or faxing, it becomes susceptible to malware attacks a risk that often is overlooked.
The growth of malware is just astronomical. A piece of malware can be infused to print job off somewhere else and collected by someone else, he said.
The Xerox and McAfee security solution simplifies processes for IT administrators with software embedded into a multifunction devices controller to provide an immediate alert and audit trail to track and investigate the time and origin of security threats and take appropriate action.
Moore said it eliminates the need for IT administrators to constantly stay on top of malware threats and proactively block them.
The companies attributed a recent study they did, which underscored the need for embedded security in networked printers and multifunction devices.
In a poll of office workers taken earlier this year, 54 per cent said they either dont always follow their companys IT security policies (33 per cent) or arent even aware of the policies (21 per cent) leaving the security of customer credit card numbers, financial reports, and human resource and tax documents at risk.
It also showed that 39 per cent of employees who copy, scan or print confidential information at work wonder whether the information on a networked device will remain secure.
IT administrators dont always consider printers as a threat and with the embedded control software from McAfee, Xerox has put defences in its products so they dont have to, Xerox office and solutions business group president, Rick Dastin, said.
Xerox devices protected and managed by McAfee embedded control and McAfee embedded management software is expected to be available beginning in the first quarter next year.
ARN's Hafizah Osman travelled to McAfee Focus' 12 in Las Vegas as a guest of McAfee