Why security needs to be the basis for office printing
Quocirca’s latest Global Print Security Landscape analysis affirms Konica Minolta’s strategy
With threat levels through unauthorised data access rising, security is one of the most crucial aspects in today’s quickly evolving office environment. In its latest “Global Print Security Landscape 2019” analysis, Quocirca therefore stresses the importance of the topic with regards to the office environment and the far-reaching implications it can have on entire organisations. As one of the key vendors in the industry, Konica Minolta addressed printer security as a key issue early on, ensuring it in its broad product and service portfolio.
Today, offices are more connected than ever: the number of peripherals and multifunctional printers (MFP) connected to the company network through IoT edge technology is steadily increasing. Together with ever stricter laws and regulations for data security, this is putting significant pressure on organisations of all types to find and execute a suitable defence strategy. Yet, while a majority of 72% of organisations are concerned about print related security breaches, only 24% are confident that their print infrastructure is fully protected. In its analysis, Quocirca explains that “businesses must take a proactive approach to print security, as these print devices can provide an open door to corporate networks. By taking steps to analyse the potential vulnerabilities of print environments, businesses can mitigate risks without compromising productivity.”
With Konica Minolta being a strong and experienced partner for its customers in this field, Quocirca recognised that for the company, “security is one of the key pillars underpinning its managed print services offering. Konica Minolta has adopted an ITIL-based methodology designed to improve security and compliance, and believes that organisations that treat the procurement of MPS services as the start of an ongoing consultative relationship with their provider rather than as a one-off transaction will benefit the most, particularly in the face of continually evolving security risks.“
We are proud that Quocirca, as one of the leading sources of independent market insight and advisory services within the print industry, recognises our efforts and leading role in data security within the printing environment. We have integrated a broad range of solutions into our products and offerings, such as the IoT enabled bizhub i-Series MFPs, a Bitdefender anti-virus extension and the bizhub SECURE services, which ensure a tailored security offering based on our customers’ needs. Additionally, we have formed global partnerships with other experts like HPE, Sophos and Microsoft to ensure that we are able to meet the highest standards of our customers. Our goal is to deliver tailored printing solutions which exactly fit their needs and environment while at the same time deliver the highest levels of data security. Data encryption, secure deletion, watermark copy protection and PDF signatures are just a few examples of our default security measures that which help to minimise the potential entry points into to company network.
 Quocirca Global Print Security Landscape 2019; Quocirca; 2019; https://quocirca.com/content/quocirca-global-print-security-landscape-2019/
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Western Europe Smart Multifunctional Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leading smart MFP provider of note’. As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its solutions that combine ‘smart service with smart technology’, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Outstanding Serviceability 2018/2019’ from Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With almost 10,300 employees (as of April 2019), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.39 billion in financial year 2018/19.
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