Ever think of your copier as posing a cyber threat? It can, experts said last week at the Southern California Procurement, Trade & Manufacturing Summit in Riverside.
People don’t realize a printer is a PC, said Jonathan Ramirez of Hewlett-Packard in a seminar on cybersecurity for small to medium-sized businesses.
“They don’t think about it. They don’t realize that there are ports in a printer, and they are a threat.”
HP has a series of advertorial videos on YouTube called “The Wolf” dramatizing how a cybercriminal played by Christian Slater could use copiers to gain control of a company’s entire network.
Just sending an infected document to a printer can trigger an attack, Ramirez said.
HP has built-in blockers that only allow authorized firmware to be downloaded and installed.
Although big companies like HBO endure high-profile hacks, cyber criminals are interested in infiltrating small businesses whose defenses may be down, according to Brian Berger, executive vice president of commercial cybersecurity at Cytellix.
Robots could take over manufacturing in ways most people don’t suspect, he said.
“It’s not that the machines are really going to take over the world. There is a potential through these malware type attacks that machines change their personality. They start doing something they didn’t do before. … Subtle changes to sensors and devices could take place that could change the way you manufacture a device, or the intellectual property of what you’re doing could be pulled out of the company …”
This is the third procurement summit, which is presented by the Riverside County Economic Development Agency’s Office of Foreign…
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