Bitdefender has announced a new partnership with Sharp Electronics, under which it will provide the company’s printer with built-in antimalware protection technology.
A press release from both companies says the new partnership is designed to prevent cybercriminals from planting malware, stealing intellectual property and launching spy campaigns.
As companies continue to invest in smart internet-connected devices, both in the office and for their hybrid workers, adversaries are increasingly interested in exploiting the compromised security of these devices.
Bitdefender on Sharp printers
Through the partnership, Bitdefender is the first to provide protection for Sharp’s new Future Workplace A3 Multifunction Printer (MFP) series. To activate the protection, the optional antivirus detection kit BP-VD10 is required.
Sorin Dediu, VP of Products and Engineering at Bitdefender, explains that “any device with an IP address connected to a corporate network is a potential entry point for cybercriminals to exploit.”
Dediu continues: “Attackers are targeting MFPs and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices because they know that these devices are often left unprotected.”
Input and output data from compatible printers is scanned in real time and provides alerts to users or IT teams. Bitdefender promises to protect against both known and unknown malware, including viruses, trojans, worms, ransomware, advanced persistent threats, spyware and more.
Jason Cort, Director of Product Planning and Marketing at Sharp Europe, said: “This partnership with Bitdefender enables Sharp to further expand our security capabilities and demonstrates our commitment to keeping our customers’ data, devices and networks safe.”
This extra layer of protection comes on top of the standard military-grade security present in Sharp’s Future Workplace A3 MFPs, including its own access control and intrusion detection functions, as well as the self-healing firmware, all visible on the 10.1-inch touchscreen control panels.