Bitdefender, Sharp partner up for printer security

Bitdefender and Sharp Electronics have announced a new partnership, enabling the integration of Bitdefender antimalware technology into Sharp’s new range of Future Workplace A3 multifunction printers (MFPs).

The partnership strengthens cybersecurity threat prevention in Sharps new range of business MFPs at a time when cybercriminals are increasingly targeting endpoint devices including printers to plant malware, steal intellectual property, and launch espionage campaigns.

“Sharp is delighted to partner with a global leader in cybersecurity and threat prevention to better protect our customers,” says Jason Cort, director of Product Planning and Marketing, Sharp Europe.

“This partnership with Bitdefender enables Sharp to further extend our security capabilities and demonstrates our commitment to keeping our customers data, devices, and networks secure.”

As the threat landscape evolves and businesses increasingly employ a wide range of internet-connected smart office devices, cybercriminals have learned to compromise MFPs to use as an entry point into business networks. When organizations unconsciously leave their MFP network connections vulnerable, hackers can hijack the MFPs and plant trojans and credential stealers or use the devices to spread malware throughout the network. End-users can also (intentionally or unintentionally) compromise MFPs by plugging in USB memory devices infected with malware.

With Bitdefender advanced antimalware technology, scanning all data and files processed on the Sharp A3 MFPs, organizations can detect malicious activity and threats at an early stage before the business is impacted.

Bitdefender antimalware provides protection against known and unknown malware, including viruses, trojans, worms, ransomware, advanced persistent threats, spyware, and more.

Integrated into the new Sharp Future Workplace A3 line of MFPs, the Bitdefender antimalware engine performs real-time scanning of all input and output data from the devices, alerting users, IT or security teams when threats are detected. Sharps newest A3 MFP Series extends its eco-system of smart office tools to help businesses seamlessly adapt to meet the demands of the hybrid working. The new MFPs, with speeds of 26ppm to 90ppm, offer users effortless connectivity and state-of-the-art security without compromising commitment to sustainability.

“Any device with an IP address connected to a corporate network represents a potential access point for cybercriminals to exploit,” says Sorin Dediu, vice president of Products and Engineering at Bitdefender.

“Attackers target MFPs and other internet of things (IoT) devices because they know these devices are often left unprotected,” he says.

“We are happy to partner with Sharp to help make its MFPs more secure and resilient, and better protect its customers from advanced threats.”

Bitdefender is a recognized industry leader in threat prevention, detection and response, with its antimalware detection technology consistently achieving top performance results in independent, third-party tests including AV-TEST, AV-Comparatives, and the MITER Engenuity ATT&CK Evaluations.

Supported Sharp models are BP-60C31/60C36/60C45, BP-60C31/70C36/70C45/70C55/70C65, BP-50C26/50C31/50C36/50C45/50C55/50C65 70M55/70M65, BP-50M26/50M31/50M36/50M45/50M55/50M65, and BP-70M75/70M90.

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