Xerox devices managed by McAfee software will be available in 2013

Infotech Lead India: Xerox devices protected and managed by McAfee Embedded Control and McAfee Embedded Management software will be available beginning in 2013, with products in the Xerox WorkCentre and ColorQube product lines.

Xerox and McAfee said new protection against malware and viruses with the first networked multifunction printer to use McAfee Embedded Control software, a filtering method that allows approved programs to get through.

Xerox demonstrated to attendees at the McAfee FOCUS12 security conference that any networked device is vulnerable.

“When a multifunction device receives data and processes it for printing, copying, scanning or faxing, it becomes susceptible to malware attacks – a risk that often is overlooked,” said Tom Moore, vice president of embedded security at McAfee.

The Xerox and McAfee security solution simplifies processes for IT administrators with software embedded into a multifunction device’s controller to provide an immediate alert and audit trail to track and investigate the time and origin of security threats – and take appropriate action.

Climax Portable Machining and Welding Systems, a company looking to expand into global markets, is testing the technology. “As we expand we recognize that we will increase our exposure to viruses and malware,” said David Richardson, the company’s network administrator.

“IT administrators don’t always consider printers as a threat – and with the Embedded Control software from McAfee, Xerox has put defenses in its products so they don’t have to,” said Rick Dastin, president, Xerox Office and Solutions Business Group.

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