The adoption of pull printing has really hit the mainstream in the past couple of years. In 2015, a study by research firm Quocirca found that 47% of all surveyed organizations had already deployed pull printing in some form or were planning to implement a pull-printing solution within the next year.
Based on our anecdotal experience here at PrinterLogic, interest in pull printing has certainly seen a rapid increase. These days it seems like many of our current and prospective customers have either rolled out pull-printing solutions or are actively looking for one. Part of that can be chalked up to the greater awareness (and risks) of data breaches and print vulnerabilities. Small wonder that, two years after its 2015 study, Quocirca published a paper recommending secure pull printing as an essential part of print security best practices.
Pull Printing: The Basics
For the uninitiated, pull printing generally looks like this: The user who wants a hard copy of a document clicks “Print” in the same way as they normally would. But instead of the print job winging its way to the selected printer to be printed out as soon as possible, it’s held in a special pull-printing queue. The user can then use a release mechanism, such as the printer’s control panel, to select and execute the job once they’re physically present at the printer. This second step can be performed at any printer that’s supported by whatever pull-printing solution the organization happens to have in place.
When the second step involves a stricter release mechanism that requires some form of user authentication, it’s sometimes qualified as secure pull printing. One common example of an authentication-based release is a PIN code or a badge/card reader such as CAC/PIV.
At first glance, this two-step process might seem inconvenient, but nothing could be further from the truth. When they’re designed and implemented correctly, pull-printing solutions are usually a win-win for everyone involved.
Implementing Your Pull-Printing Solution
If that’s piqued your interest in pull printing, well, here are the caveats. The nuts and bolts of implementing any pull-printing solution will depend on which solution you choose. Some are designed to work only with specific brands or models. Some might be wedded to a particular OS. They might offer most or even all of the pull-printing benefits outlined above, but it’s not guaranteed that those benefits will be available to every user in your organization. And it’s not safe to assume that the implementation will be seamless, even in an environment that meets all the solution’s basic requirements.
PrinterLogic’s secure pull-printing capability avoids those limitations, resulting in a single solution that can be deployed strategically across the organization to deliver all the pull-printing benefits without the usual list of caveats. Even managed service providers (MSPs) can use it across their entire customer base to add value to their services. As EPIC Management discovered, PrinterLogic’s pull-printing solution was versatile enough to be deployed seamlessly in its customers’ demanding healthcare environments, many of which were complex and Citrix-based, while also providing the security they needed to comply with guidelines on EMR and protected health information (PHI).
Secure pull printing from PrinterLogic works with three different release mechanisms—badge/card, control panel, and browser-based—to authenticate and execute pull-print jobs conveniently, efficiently and securely. To discover how effective it is in reducing print waste while introducing added print security and flexibility, download a full-featured trial of PrinterLogic and test it free of charge in your own environment for 30 days.
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