New research by Lexmark International has shown that schools and universities are exposing themselves to attacks by not securing their printers and other devices.
The company worked with iGov to build the Print & IT Applications in Education report from 2018, highlighting the need for improved security solutions for printing devices and networks to prevent data leaks.
iGov interviewed 105 people from 98 different organizations in a wide range of roles within the education sector to determine how the digital landscape has changed since the publication of the Print & IT applications in 2015 educational research.
According to the survey, a majority of participants (89%) believe that device security is a high priority within their organization, although only 57% are convinced that they currently have a security solution installed. A quarter also claimed that they did not know whether their organization is currently using a print security solution.
Moreover, 12 per week four hours per week could make scans for scanning paper documents and 41 per cent could not qualify the amount of time they scored.
Room for improvement
Managing Director, Lexmark International Ltd, UK & Ireland, Martin Fairman emphasized how the education sector can increase productivity by:
"The study suggests that there is ample room for improvement across the industry." The iGov survey of 2018 appears to reflect comparable figures as in 2015, with a large number of professionals devoting non-quantifiable amounts of time to manually scanning paper documents. As the education sector continues to come under pressure, high-quality MFP solutions would provide the opportunity to unlock efficiency and increase productivity. "
iGov also found several areas that could be improved, in addition to improving security solutions.
Copying remains one of the most common applications of print and multifunctional devices (87%), despite the fact that our world is becoming increasingly digital.
Of the respondents, 80 percent said that environmental considerations have a high to medium priority in their organization. Nevertheless, many educational institutions are still relying on paper documents, which provides an opportunity to switch to a paperlite & # 39; strategy.