HP bulks up security features on enterprise LaserJet printers

The security lineup is part of HP's effort to secure printers on enterprise networks with the same technology strongholds used across PCs.

HP has rolled out a new suite of secure, enterprise-class LaserJet printers and MFPs that the company said are designed to better protect against malicious attacks.

The security lineup is part of HP's effort to secure printers on enterprise networks with the same technology strongholds used across PCs. The company describes the enterprise IT network as one of the most vulnerable entry points in an organization.

Citing a Ponemon Institute, HP claims that 64 percent of IT managers believe their networked printers are likely infected with malware, while 56 percent of enterprise companies ignore printers in their endpoint security strategy.

To that end, HP's range of printers and MFPs incorporate three new proprietary features, with two being rolled out to HP's older printers via firmware updates.

HP SureStart checks for the integrity of the BIOS at startup against a golden copy and automatically restores to the golden copy when compromised. The feature is hardware dependent and will only be available on the new line of LaserJet printers.

HP Secure Whitelisting ensures that printers are not running malicious code. The printer's CPU checks the digital signature of loaded code and if not deemed HP-authentic, the printer will reboot and notify IT.

The third feature is run-time intrusion detection, which offers constant monitoring of in-device memory to check for malicious attacks. If an intrusion is detected the printer shuts down and automatically reboots. Run-time intrusion, along with Whitelisting, is available in firmware updates for LaserJet printers as far back as 2011.