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The challenge of the hybrid workforce: Print Security

YSoft OMNI Series
Product Marketing Director
In this final part of our series looking at the hybrid workforce, we look at the challenge of print security. Here we discuss what this means for office/home print environment(s) and how Y Soft can help.

Print security risks

There is no denying that the past 18 months has seen a sudden increase in the number of laptops, mobile phones, printers, and other devices being used to facilitate the workforce. However, the rapid implementation of remote working combined with taking the security perimeter outside of the office has created the perfect storm for cyberattacks. Reports show over 800,000 attacks a month during the pandemic. The unique setup of the hybrid or blended workforce leaves it ripe for security breaches as well as posing additional security challenges and causing headaches for IT teams. Moving away from the security protections traditionally offered in the office, we are far more vulnerable to attacks and breaches.
Looking closely at printing and the risks posed by the hybrid workforce, the growth and reliance on the Internet of Things (IoT) printers raises some red flags. A rather sobering report from HP Wolf Security Blurred Lines & Blindspots shows that 45% of IT decision-makers interviewed have suffered from compromised printers being used as an attack point in the past year. 

Secure printing with OMNI Series

The hybrid workforce has increased the need to protect the print environment against bad actors and data breaches. To address this, companies need to have a holistic and comprehensive approach to security measures for protecting their print environment – which includes your staff’s home printers. For the hybrid workforce to succeed, they need tools that are easy to use, agile, and help combat the security vulnerabilities. To stay on top of your print security there are various technologies available to help reduce the risks.
In addition to educating employees and developing a robust culture of good print habits, companies can be proactive in their defense. Anticipating the threat of an attack, cloud-based print services that extend your Zero Trust policy to staff’s home printers can be used for home and office printing. 
With Microsoft’s release of Universal Print in Microsoft 365, cloud-based printing is secure whether printing from home or the office. But not all printers have this new feature, and that is where OMNI Series come in. YSoft OMNI Series leverages the security protocols in Microsoft 365 so that your Zero Trust environment is maintained with OMNI Series.
The best part is that OMNI Series provides print security for home and the office in a cost-effective solution that works with the printers you and your employees have today in the office and at home. Not only does it eliminate the need for on-premise print servers and printer driver management but it ensures zero-trust network security. With an easy setup of less than 15 minutes, OMNI Series ensures the blended workforce can continue to print with the same ease at home as they have come to expect in the office. Simplified cloud printing with OMNI Series works as well in the office as it does at home.
This short video explains how OMNI Series works in more detail.


Hybrid Workforce depends on security

Whether work takes place at the office, at home, or anywhere else, security risks are everywhere. If you are supporting a hybrid workforce, take the time to address your working practices and properly assess the security risks involved. The success of the hybrid workforce heavily depends on digital tools. It also relies on print which in turn relies on a secure print environment.
Find out more about how YSoft OMNI Series works at home offices and see how cost effective OMNI Series is now by visiting YSoft Store. Our technical details and FAQ pages offer even more detail.
Other blogs in this series looking at the challenge of the hybrid workforce:
Bruce Leistikow
Bruce Leistikow comes to Y Soft with 25 years Hi-Tech industry experience serving in a variety of roles from software engineering to business related functions including management and marketing. Prior to joining Y Soft’s Marketing team, he served as a Y Soft Solution Consultant designing Print Management architectures for the largest global brands.
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