Recent hacks in the news are directing attention toward printer-related security. Maybe you heard about the one that resulted in the mass printing of racist fliers at several U.S. universities. This is an often disregarded area of network security. As most of you probably know, many printers ship unsecured by default; they listen on all ports and support many protocols. This "plug and play" openness makes them easy to connect to your network but it also introduces potential security vulnerabilities. It's important that you lock down your network printers and make your print environment a key part of your organizational security policies and procedures.
We thought we'd open this topic for discussion so that we can all share our experiences and methods related to this important topic. How does your organization incorporate print devices into your overall security policy, and what best practices and experiences can you share?