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Canon's advanced printing security in the digital age
Fri, 15th Dec 2023

The risk of your business succumbing to a cyber crime has never been higher than it is today. The consequences of a data breach are significant, long-lasting and costly - regardless of whether the breach was intentional or not.

Canon’s advanced print technology allows for premium quality, high-speed scanning, cloud-based function enhancement, and networking, all of which are very helpful to users, however, the ease of moving confidential data from desktops to mobile devices to multifunction printers can also pose a greater risk. Yes, printers can provide an entry point for hackers. To be fair, even air conditioners can be a vector, as demonstrated in the United States. Retailer Target suffered an attack that was traced to a weakness in its HVAC system.

The ideal solution would safeguard sensitive documents against breaches, defend against unknown threats, monitor and prevent unauthorised access, and prevent unauthorised program execution and changes to printer firmware. Proven reliability and manageability are also essential. Recognising the need to take extra measures to help provide its customers with a secure experience, Canon wanted to address these risks, targeting vulnerabilities associated with your devices, documents and data. From here, Canon made the decision to partner with Trellix, formerly known as McAfee.

The decision was based on an exhaustive assessment of many different solutions and included a comprehensive design review. Canon selected Trellix because of the strength of its brand, its broad-based market experience, its proven reliability in embedded security, and its high levels of user satisfaction.

Canon bundles McAfee Embedded Control with its imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX series range of multifunction printers. This advanced solution provides Canon customers with protection against zero-day and advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks by blocking the execution of unauthorised applications through intelligent whitelisting, helping Canon maintain the integrity of printer firmware.

With Trellix as its security partner, Canon can help its customers feel more confident that the office products they use every day are protected against zero-day and advanced persistent threats. With full-featured dynamic whitelisting to help avoid data breaches, protect users, and meet compliance obligations, McAfee Embedded Control supports Canon’s commitment to excellence.

“The office of the future is evolving, and so are our products. Our devices aren’t just printers anymore, but connected hubs supporting numerous cloud applications to streamline workflows and enhance productivity. Our partnership with McAfee gives our customers the most up-to-date security to help protect their connected devices against the threats that we can predict today as well as the unknown threats of tomorrow.”

—Rebecca Barrow, Country Manager Canon New Zealand

Canon’s latest generation of DX series multifunction printers have been designed for the modern business world. One where it doesn’t underestimate the importance of printer security in today’s digital landscape. Monette Gerrand, IT Application Delivery Manager for Canon Oceania, talks about how the latest range of business printers redefines printer security. From system verification as a start-up to real-time threat detection using McAfee embedded control. Watch the video here

To find out more about Canon’s Security Solutions here or to learn more about how its latest business printers are helping businesses be real-world ready head to Security | Canon New Zealand