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As the Executive Director of a non-profit organization I am always looking for the best value when it comes to equipment and service. Often it is a struggle to find that one company that can give you both at a level our organization can afford. I am proud to say that for the past 4 years we have been very pleased with Yuma Office Equipment. They worked within our budget, pairing us with the best copying and fax equipment, along with a comprehensive maintenance agreement. Offering same day assistance if something goes wrong, and knowing that their technicians are right here in town has added to my belief that they offer the best value. We appreciate everything that Craig Crossland and his staff do for Hospice of Yuma and recommend Yuma Office Equipment to any business looking to add new copying and faxing equipment.

John Williams
HOSPICE OF YUMA

Arizona Counseling & Treatment Services

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Is Your Printer Putting You at Risk?

Posted Apr 15, 2019

Despite the high cost of a cyberattack, many organizations continue to ignore a major security vulnerability that can pose a serious threat to their data: their printers. Modern printers have evolved into powerful solutions that can have a tremendous impact on workflows by automating manual tasks.

These smart devices are essentially networked computers that serve as file servers in many workplaces. Like any other networked device, your printers must be protected against unauthorized access to keep your sensitive data out of the wrong hands. However, printers are commonly overlooked when it comes to security. According to a survey by Spiceworks, 43 percent of companies ignore printers in their endpoint security approach.

While your office printer poses a security threat that should not be ignored, there’s no need to disconnect these venerable and valuable devices. Like any other risk, those presented by modern printers can be mitigated through awareness and diligence. Your printers can be secured through a number of security measures, such as firewalls, disk encryption, Secure Sockets Layers (SSLs), firmware updates, and regular patch management. Replacing older printers with newer models will also help protect your data, as these devices typically come equipped with embedded security features to help mitigate risks. 

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