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Securing the digital workplace of the future

It feels like a day doesn’t pass without another cyber security attack or data breach in the headlines. Just last week we saw ransomware attacks sweeping across Europe. NotPetya wreaked havoc bringing various business functions to a halt in global organisations like WPP.

But it’s more than ransomware that businesses need to protect themselves from. The threat landscape is broader and more creative than ever. From connected cars to smartphones, each and every device we use is a potential entry point for hackers.

The digital revolution has transformed our workplaces and personal lives – and the cyber underworld is thriving. The fact is, the bad guys are more successful than ever and businesses are struggling to keep pace.

Financial gain is one of the main motives fuelling cybercrime. In this digital world our personal and professional data has become the currency of choice. And cybercriminals gain from every name, email and phone number they can get their hands on. Companies are duty-bound to protect the business critical and personal data they hold or face tattered reputations and hefty fines.

This is why security is part of Ricoh’s DNA. It’s built into each of our products and services by design. As security rises rapidly up our customers’ agendas it’s key that we’re meeting these needs from the outset. Data management is the cornerstone of business and ensuring it’s done securely is crucial.

Businesses are struggling to keep up with the constantly changing threats and regulations. And added to this is the fact that device capabilities have increased ten-fold. Once upon a time, printers had to be physically connected to PCs to function. Now they can connect directly to document servers and management systems. And here lies the (potential) issue.

When developing our secure systems, Ricoh draws on decades of experience. We improve user experience and integrate industry compliant security controls, without compromising on productivity and collaborative technologies.

For example, our hardware security incorporates data control, preservation, support and destruction through:
• User authentication and authorisation and password protection to stop unauthorised parties accessing machines
• Layered malware protection to ensure our devices are protected from external threats and viruses
• End-to-end encryption for print and scan files to keep external eyes from accessing sensitive information
• Secure data disposal when machines are retired through full data cleansing
• Regularly updating our software and firmware to ensure there are no holes for hackers to infiltrate

Cyber attacks and threats aren’t going anywhere. But security shouldn’t have to impact on workplace productivity. If built into every process, service and product from the outset businesses can be confident their devices and data management is secured properly now, and prepared for the future.

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