Why security needs to be the basis for office printing

| 4 June 2019

Quocirca’s latest Global Print Security Landscape analysis affirms Konica Minolta’s strategy

With threat levels through unauthorised data access rising, security is one of the most crucial aspects in today’s quickly evolving office environment. In its latest “Global Print Security Landscape 2019” analysis[1], Quocirca therefore stresses the importance of the topic with regards to the office environment and the far-reaching implications it can have on entire organisations. As one of the key vendors in the industry, Konica Minolta addressed printer security as a key issue early on, ensuring it in its broad product and service portfolio.

Today, offices are more connected than ever: the number of peripherals and multifunctional printers (MFP) connected to the company network through IoT edge technology is steadily increasing. Together with ever stricter laws and regulations for data security, this is putting significant pressure on organisations of all types to find and execute a suitable defence strategy. Yet, while a majority of 72% of organisations are concerned about print related security breaches, only 24% are confident that their print infrastructure is fully protected. In its analysis, Quocirca explains that “businesses must take a proactive approach to print security, as these print devices can provide an open door to corporate networks. By taking steps to analyse the potential vulnerabilities of print environments, businesses can mitigate risks without compromising productivity.”

With Konica Minolta being a strong and experienced partner for its customers in this field, Quocirca recognised that for the company, “security is one of the key pillars underpinning its managed print services offering. Konica Minolta has adopted an ITIL-based methodology designed to improve security and compliance, and believes that organisations that treat the procurement of MPS services as the start of an ongoing consultative relationship with their provider rather than as a one-off transaction will benefit the most, particularly in the face of continually evolving security risks.“

[1] Quocirca Global Print Security Landscape 2019; Quocirca; 2019; https://quocirca.com/content/quocirca-global-print-security-landscape-2019/

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.

As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2023 Vendor Assessment’ has named Konica Minolta a “Leader” in print transformation. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.

Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).

For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.

The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta received a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis sustainability ratings for 2024.

For its remote services, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023-2024 Pacesetter Award in Remote Service for the Western European market’ from Keypoint Intelligence.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With more than 8,800 employees (as of April 2024), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.13 billion in financial year 2023/2024.

Worldwide, the company has over 40,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.

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