Federal agencies understand the gravity of a security leak, especially when it comes to sensitive topics. Since HSPD-12 came out in 2004, agencies have been working to secure their desktops, laptops, door access, emails and any sensitive information using FIPS-201 compliant smart cards.
Even so, government agencies struggle to secure their print infrastructure—while maintaining ease of use for employees.
Because printing converts data to physical media, it is considered one of the most vulnerable security areas within an organization. Once data is printed it is difficult to control, and it’s easy to imagine how risky it is to have sensitive information sitting on a printer tray in plain sight. Anyone could pick it up, stash it in their briefcase, and walk out of the building. Once a breach like this occurs, the information is nearly impossible to retrieve.
It’s well known that Common Access Cards (CAC) or Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart cards can be used for multi-factor authentication at a printer to secure printing and mitigate these risks. The odd thing is that many federal agencies have been slow to implement CAC/PIV secure printing solutions. Therefore, PrinterLogic, a leader in secure pull printing, conducted research with agency IT personnel to find out why.
Our research identified four key reasons why federal agencies are slow to implement CAC/PIV secure printing:
Based on this research, PrinterLogic has developed a cost-effective CAC/PIV secure pull-printing system that works with ANY network printer, requires no print servers, and gives complete visibility into print activity on the network. Read about it in our new blog, The PrinterLogic CAC/PIV Advantage, call our Federal Sales Desk at 435-216-1939 for more information, or to schedule a WebEx product demonstration and a 30-day free trial.