3 Things You Need to Know About Your MFPs (Multifunction Printers) and the Internet

Software and hardware that are not upgradeable to a security protocol known as SHA-2 (or  higher) will no longer work after January 2017. This change may impact your ability to use scan to email on your MFP.

  1. Your ability to use scan-to-email on your MFP printers and scanners might be effected. In a separate action beginning in 2013 Microsoft has been moving away from a security technology known as SHA-1.  This protocol is a code signing certificate that assures the incoming email is not corrupted.  Microsoft announced earlier this year that effective January 1, 2017 they will no longer support or accept SHA-1.  This may impact legacy software and hardware in your office.  Mozilla Firefox, Adobe, and Google among others have followed Microsoft’s lead.  SHA-2 or greater will be the new minimum standard of security.  This may impact your ability to use scan to email on your MFP printers and scanners depending on the age of your print devices.
  2. Microsoft Office 365 is an issue today. Software as a service (SaaS) is an emerging trend that will affect every Microsoft Office user.  This is also known as Cloud based Microsoft Office365 that you use and Microsoft manages for a monthly fee.  This replaces the Office software you buy and then manage yourself. Microsoft Office 365 implementations have known scan-to email issues. Depending on the age and make of your MFP or scanner, you may need firmware upgrades or new equipment.
  1. Accessing and upgrading your technology environment now may save you expensive downtime. We are advising all organizations to review their technology security certificate levels to make certain they are upgraded and compliant prior to January 2017. For security and interoperability, site operators should ensure that their servers and other IT technology use SHA-2 certificates.

 

We have an SHA-1 Whitepaper if you would like more information.

Contact your Account Manager or Sales@SolutionOneNow.com for the whitepaper and an assessment of your IT and Print technology.

 

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