PrintNightmare vulnerability

Have your customers received a Microsoft alert warning about the PrintNightmare vulnerability, the one warning users that attackers can execute code to their machine and has exposed millions of users to security risks and are unable to print?

Protecting the print infrastructure against security breaches is an ongoing battle for IT professionals. The Print Spooler service runs by default on Windows, and Microsoft acknowledges that the code that contains the vulnerability is in all versions of Windows. Microsoft is working on a patch, but until then, the advice is to either turn off the Windows Print Spooler service or disable ‘client connections’ – both of which restrict users’ ability to print.

Hackers target printers

Organisations are fast-tracking cloud-first strategies and migrating legacy on-premise print infrastructure to an easy-to-use cloud printing solution that eliminates print servers. The PrintNightmare issue highlights that printers are a prime target for hackers and reinforces the message that the only way to improve your security is to move to the cloud.

Secure cloud print platform

EveryonePrint is offering free use of its secure cloud print platform until a patch is available. EveryonePrint’s Hybrid Cloud Platform (HCP) lessens the burden on IT, removes reliance on print servers, enables central management and has got security covered, from basics like a full end to end encryption, right through to zero trust networks.

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