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HP Bolsters Print Security With New Software

By Steve Anderson June 11, 2015

Remember when the goal of just about every office around was to “go paperless” and conduct all business by email, by file transfer, and by PowerPoint presentation? That didn't exactly go so well in retrospect, and paper was, as it ever was, still a big part of office life. To that end, HP has brought out some new print security software to help make sure that which is committed to print remains safe from prying eyes.

The new print security software reportedly comes as part of HP Access Control, and allows for what's called “server-less pull printing.” This function allows for printing to take place without the need to bring in servers, a particularly useful function for small branch office operations. Without the need for servers, this allows a better level of control over the total level of confidentiality in a document, which in turn often has a direct connection with certain regulatory issues. Plus, branch offices can use both less toner and less paper by putting server-less pull printing to work.

It's even possible to use HP's new technology as a means to better manage mobility, allowing users access to the secure pull print queue to print documents from a mobile device. This not only makes it easier to print from mobile, but it also makes it safer to do so as the printing is subject to the same level of access control as a regular desktop would be.

Reports from HP also suggest that the company has augmented print security in other fashions as well, bringing in new device coverage for Pro-class HP LaserJet systems, meaning that HP's breed of security options can be put to work with more printers. HP also recently augmented what it calls the HP Capture and Route solution, which makes it easier to scan paper documents to turn them into electronic documents, making for easier management and storage, complying with various regulatory requirements and making the whole process more secure.

We all know that document security is a major part of the regulatory package; controlling who has access to which documents at what time is an important part of protecting businesses and clients. Whether it's client records, proprietary discussions, or any of a variety of other things, access to records can be a major weak point in security. Tools like those recently offered from HP help to provide that security that protects customers and satisfies regulatory demands, both of which in turn help protect businesses. Throw in the additional benefits like better mobility offerings, and the results of recent studies where HP was found tied with Cisco in terms of cloud infrastructure equipment, and HP shows off good reasons why it might well focus on enterprise operations rather than trying to split its focus with consumer offerings.

HP's newest offering in the print sector may seem counterproductive in terms of making a paperless office ever happen, but it was likely a mistake to ever think we'd truly be without some kind of paper. Still, with paper operations now more secure and easily accessible, HP is driving the next generation of enterprise use not to paperless, but rather to less paper.

 

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