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September 23, 2015

HP’s self-healing printers billed as world’s most secure

Company launches three enterprise class LaserJet printers delivering increased protection against malicious attacks.

By Ellie Burns

HP have today launched what they claim are the world’s most secure printers, with three new enterprise class LaserJet printers featuring built-in self-healing security features.

The arrival of these new printers is timely, with printer security a growing topic of importance. According to the Ponemon Institute, 64% of IT managers believe their printers to be infected with malware.

This number is of concern when taking into account the 56% of enterprise companies which ignore printers in their endpoint security strategy.

The new printer features which HP are introducing seek to tackle these security issues. The HP Sure Start feature enables detection of and self-healing recovery from malicious BIOS attacks – a feature already deployed on HP’s Elite line of PCs since 2013.

Other security enhancements include whitelisting, which ensures only authorised firmware can be loaded, and Run-time Intrusion Detection, which provides in-device memory monitoring for malicious attacks.

These features come standard on new HP LaserJet Enterprise printers and OfficeJet Enterprise X printers with PageWide Technology going forward.

A firmware update will allow the security features to be enabled on several HP LaserJet Enterprise printers available since April.

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The new printer models announced today include the HP LaserJet Enterprise M506 series, HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M527 series and HP Colour LaserJet Enterprise MFP M577 series.

The printers are designed for workgroups of 5-15 users, printing up to 7,500 pages per month.

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