RESEARCH PAPER: Is Your Printer The New Trojan horse?

By Patrick Moorhead, Mark Vena - September 9, 2020

Of all the IT devices commonly found in a corporate office, business, school, government building or even home office, the traditional office printer is generally perceived as benign and non-threatening. However, in the age of increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity attacks, the printer’s passive functioning is its central attraction as an attack vector for nefarious actors looking for the weakest link in an organization’s IT security defense strategy.

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Table Of Contents:

  • Executive Summary
  • Scoping And Defining The Threat
  • Secure Firmware: An Effective Cybersecurity Approach For Printers
  • Consumables
  • The Printer
  • Implications And Conclusions
  • Figure 1: The PewDiePie Message
  • Figure 2: Firmware Location On HP Toner Cartridge

Companies Cited:

  • HP
  • National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)
  • Ponemon Institute
  • Samsung
  • ZDNet
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.

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