Experts seem to agree on these top cyber-security threats for 2016. Take a look at these three potential dangers and how to ensure you are protected.

Small Businesses

Many printers are classified as a “small business.” Unfortunately, small businesses will be primary candidates for cyber-attacks in 2016. Why? Because, in some cases, they just simply do not have the expertise and the cyber-defenses in place to protect themselves 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Larger corporations have already been through a “trial by fire” and have adapted to this changing landscape. Small businesses, on the other hand, have never seen themselves as a target. As a result, hackers are able to easily target these companies.

What can you do? You can take steps to harden your plant. The first step is to use a Next-Generation FireWall (NGFW) to help with the following:

  • Integrate traditional firewall and intrusion prevention
  • Identify applications regardless of port or protocol
  • Provide policy-based control over applications
  • Accurately identify users for policy control
  • Provide real-time protection against a wide array of threats
  • Support multiple Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) deployments without performance degradation


Smartphones have become more and more popular over the years. The use of smartphones in a print shop is undeniable. You can bet that virtually every employee, vendor and/or customer that comes into your plant has one and will use your Wi-Fi to get access to the internet. But how many invest in mobile security? How many actually access or store sensitive data on their smartphone?

If you look back to the early days of the personal computer, people had to learn to use anti-virus/anti-spyware software, firewalls, software updates, etc. You can expect that same evolution to now occur with smartphones. Consider the following tips:

  • Keep your Android or Apple iOS operating system and apps up-to-date.
  • Download apps only from trusted App Stores.
  • Lock your phone with a PIN.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use.
  • Turn off Location Services
  • Install a Security App

As a business, consider providing separate Wi-Fi for guests and establish a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy for employees.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the proliferation of internet access into everyday devices like air conditioners, thermostats, security cameras, televisions, refrigerators and more. Internet access into a wide variety of devices comes with the inherent risk that many will not have the security you are used to on your workstations and servers.

This type of security will happen over time but before it does, access will be wide open or have different levels of security with various ways to configure them. An early strategy for protection is to put those devices on a separate network that is not connected to your production network. To help this need, vendors have recently started offering IoT gateways designed specifically for this type of protection.

Ask Heidelberg for Help

For further support with these potential threats, take a look at some of our white papers on the topic or consider a few of our available business consulting services.

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Eugene O’Brien
Senior Technical Support Specialist