Ransomware Hits Law Firm – How It Could Have Been Protected​​

We’ve been blogging a lot about print infrastructure security recently and want to share SmartPrint’s comments on the Toronto law firm that was hacked as it’s a good example of a situation where if they were equipped with the right equipment and configurations, they could have avoided the ransomware breach completely.

Our systems engineering team work with clients from legal, financial, healthcare, manufacturing companies and other types of organizations to help them lock down the office print infrastructure. It’s a very important practice given that according to IDC, 40% of Canadian companies had security breaches in 2016, and 54% of those hacks were completed with the print infrastructure as the entry point. Scary isn’t it!

Here’s an example of how this law firm could have protected itself:

  • With best in breed office print equipment, a malware attack could have been stopped immediately. Once the print job with malware went to the print queue, or printer, the device would have immediately re-booted, and staved off the attack.
  • If the client was running the latest print security software that SmartPrint recommends and implements, the software would have notified IT of the attempted breach so that the attempt wouldn’t go unrecorded.
  • The firm would have been able to automate the processes around print infrastructure security and report on status at any time. They would have also been able to warn and train the user group regarding the attempt to improve user knowledge of future malware schemes.

What shocks us every time we complete a print infrastructure security assessment for a client is that  the organization thinks they are in good shape; however, the assessment comes back with significant security issues/holes. If you think you don’t have budget to invest in your environment, guess what? When we complete a free assessment and recommend updates, potential upgrades and implement simple software to monitor the environment, we always decrease the total cost of ownership for the organization. It’s really a win/win! A locked down print infrastructure at a lower cost; not to mention a more productive environment for users.

If you are interested in making sure you are secure, contact us.

Photizo Group Selects SmartPrint as Leader in Managed Print Services

2016 Leaders Index badgeLexington, KY (February 14, 2017)—Photizo Group has recognized SmartPrint Inc as a leader in managed print services (MPS). SmartPrint Inc was one of 11 independent channel partners that Photizo Group selected to participate in the 2016 Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners, based on demonstrated leadership in MPS.

The Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners is a collection of hand-selected, independent MPS partners from around the world that are regarded as the gold standard in managed print and document services. Photizo Group classifies this index of elite providers from across North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia as a lens to view the current landscape of MPS.

Tim Lomax, President of SmartPrint Inc shared his reaction, “it’s a great achievement to be recognized as one of the Top 10 MPS Providers within the 2016 Worldwide Leaders Index, based on our significant revenue growth, operational excellence and service performance that drives an outstanding experience for our clients.  This recognition not only validates our continued MPS market leadership, but inspires us to continue reinventing to outperform in a rapidly evolving industry.”

Ed Crowley, CEO of Photizo Group said:

“As the managed services landscape reaches maturity in many markets, we continue to see a demonstrated need for measurable best practices and benchmarks built on real-world results by recognized leaders in managed print and document services.”

Crowley continued:

“These MPS leaders not only demonstrate leadership in MPS, but a genuine interest in the pursuit of best practices that benefit the industry and the customers it serves.”

About the Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners

The Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners explores many aspects of the partners, including the following:

  • partner profile;
  • financial and performance metrics;
  • customer profile;
  • team structure;
  • sales and marketing approach;
  • service, support, and operations metrics; and
  • key performance benefits.

Only partners that Photizo Group determines to be among the best in the world are invited to participate in the Leaders Index. These aggregate results serve as a tangible set of benchmarks other partners can compare their own performance against.

Chosen MPS partners receive no compensation for participation.

About SmartPrint:

SmartPrint, Canada’s most recognized independent MPS provider, helps organizations make sense of complex print environments. SmartPrint’s team of Managed Print Services (MPS) consultants leverage the markets best tools and systems offering best in breed office printing equipment and software to help simplify printing, scanning and document workflow. Our clients experience dramatic improvements in user efficiency, reduced costs of 30% to 50%, reduced helpdesk calls by 25% and significant administrative efficiencies through vendor consolidation. SmartPrint’s solutions are not about printers and copiers, they’re about people.

To find out more about SmartPrint, please explore our website: www.smartprint.com.

For Press or Analyst inquiries please contact:
Rob Farrell
rob.farrell[@]smartprint.com
905.475.6177 x234


About Photizo Group:

Photizo Group is a leading Marketing Intelligence and Strategic Consulting firm for the imaging industry. The firm has twice been on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies. It has received three (2011, 2012, and 2014) leadership awards from the Managed Print Services Association. Photizo launched the industry’s first Advanced Analytics Division in 2015 and is pioneering the use of Predictive Analytics to bring value to the IoT data generated by over 100 million digitally enabled imaging devices installed globally. The firm conducts research and consulting in over 40 countries globally, and has offices in North America and Japan.

For more information, please contact Mario Diaz at +1 602-571-6530 or mdiaz@photizogroup.com.