Forty percent of businesses that have not implemented secure printing and document management plan to do so in the next two years, and more than 40% of those that have secure printing plan to add additional security, according to a recent survey of 200 IT professionals conducted by InfoTrends.
The survey also found that driving this trend was enterprise sensitivity to compliance regulations and general data security. Norman McLeod, Director of Market Research at InfoTrends, stated, The growing interest in security options is not entirely surprising, as legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm Leach Bliley, and HIPPA has greatly increased the potential liability for security breaches. Not only can a security breach cause a company to incur hefty fines, but the intangible costs related to loss in customer confidence can be equally devastating.
Printer security often takes the form of a password protection. The user is given a unique code when opting to print. They then input it at the networked printer, scanner, or copier to access their document.
Color, A4, and multifunction printers are also seeing increased enterprise adoption according to another InfoTrends survey. This is especially true amongst SMBs looking for reliable devices capable of producing quality images. This survey shows that smaller organizations tend to be less concerned about the additional expense of color, but are very much aware of the added value that color can bring to certain documents. These smaller businesses also have a need to produce professional-looking materials so they can compete with larger organizations, noted Bob Palmer, Director of InfoTrends Digital Peripherals Solutions Service.