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HP's redesigned Secure MPS offers network printers even stronger protection against cyberattacks

By Ng Chong Seng - on 6 Dec 2016, 10:33am

HP's Secure MPS delivers new services to defend against cyberattacks on network printers

HP has today announced a revamp of its suite of HP Secure Managed Print Services (MPS) to better protect corporate print environments against cyberattacks. The new capabilities include advanced professional security services, software solutions, as well as expanded core delivery capabilities for customers’ multi-vendor print fleets. HP has also announced that it’s now shipping printers with less-secure interfaces closed, requiring customers to open the ports and protocols if and when they’re needed during deployment.

You can find out more about HP Secure MPS here, but here’s a list of the key enhancements according to the press release:

Enhanced security services:

  • Print Security Implementation Service - HP will provide its own specialized security support technicians to implement corporate print security plans.
  • Print Security Advisory Retainer Service - HP’s credentialed security advisors will deliver ongoing security expertise, risk profile updates and support to evaluate security plans on a regular basis and provide ad hoc support for compliance audits.
  • Print Security Governance & Compliance - HP will help meet compliance via new remote management of security settings as well as monitor the print fleet for potential issues and supply proof of compliance reporting on fleet security status.
  • Increased Training - HP has invested to raise the level of security expertise with MPS employees and HP technical teams with industry security certifications such as CompTIA.
  • Enhanced Reporting & Reviews - HP is embedding security into MPS tracking and reporting processes for greater visibility to the print fleet status and to review security best practice recommendations.
  • New Remote Management Tools & Services - HP’s new tools within HP MPS software automate security actions such as firmware updates and password management so companies can outsource tedious IT security actions as part of the MPS contract.

Printers pre-configured for security:

  • New Approach to Device Settings - HP has started the process of closing older, less-maintained interfaces including ports, protocols and cipher suites as identified by NIST as less-secure including FTP and Telnet. With HP’s November FurtureSmart firmware update, it has improved admin password and encryption settings for both new and existing HP Enterprise printers and MFPs.
  • Partnering with the Software Community - HP is actively working with software developers to modify their applications to utilize newer, stronger interfaces in order to close additional interfaces in the near future.

Enhancements to HP JetAdvantage:

  • HP Access Control - HP Access Control provides authentication, authorization, and secure pull printing capabilities, now with improved functionality and support for SNMPv3, a new card reader compatible with HIP2 that expands card type compatibility, and the ability for users to login and logout with a simple swipe of a proximity card or smart card.
  • HP Capture and Route - HP Capture and Route makes it easy to control and track scanned content and distribute documents with the touch of a button. New features include support for LDAP over SSL, data at rest encryption for scanned data stored on the Capture and Route server, and MyMessages, allowing for immediate printing of user messages and faxes while standing at the MFP.