Canon Expands uniFLOW to Support Konica Minolta
Secure Print helps to address one of the industry’s major concerns – document security
On May 17th, Canon U.S.A., Inc., announced the uniFLOW Secure Public Print (SPP) Device License for Konica Minolta devices. Canon’s uniFLOW software is a one-platform solution for print, scan, and device management that can work across certain mixed fleet environments. Through the uniFLOW Secure Print applet, which can be embedded into compatible devices, customers are provided with a similar user experience across networked MFPs. In addition to certain Konica Minolta devices, the uniFLOW Secure Print applet can also support select MFPs offered by Xerox®, Samsung®, OKI® and others.
Mr. Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. said, “By opening up the availability of this uniFLOW applet to additional non-Canon devices, we hope to make it easier and more efficient for our customers to extract value from their investment in the uniFLOW solution, regardless of the hardware they may be using in their environment.”
Amongst its many capabilities, Canon’s uniFLOW Secure Print applet allows users to send sensitive documents to compatible network printers and MFPs; jobs are held at the uniFLOW server until users authenticate themselves at the device through the entry of network credentials or by swiping their corporate ID card (sold separately). By utilizing this verification method, those printing sensitive documents can help limit confidential documents from ending up in the wrong hands.
The uniFLOW Secure Print applet for Konica Minolta is licensed on a per device basis and is immediately available through Canon Solutions America and Canon Authorized Dealers.
Over the last 6 months, we have talked with many industry vendors, channel partners and end users about their top concerns. The majority stated that document security is one of their top 5 concerns. Office printers have existed for a very long time but not until recently, has document security been on the radar for the imaging industry and particularly the printer manufacturers.
In an article written by Sara Barker of Security Brief on January 25, 2017, the data based on a survey of 200 enterprises provides great insights on this issue including:
- 61% of enterprises have suffered from insecure printing data breach
- 48% are vulnerable to printer hard disk theft or retrieval
- 50% of print jobs are intercepted on the print queue or network
- 47% leave unclaimed print jobs in the output tray
- 44% of documents are scanned from an MFP to the outside world
- 18% of MFPs are not secure on the network
Security printing is one of the top 5 areas of interest in the office printing market looking forward. Several printer manufacturers have publically stated that security (hardware and document level) is one of their top development initiatives.
Canon’s move to expand its uniFLOW secure print capabilities across more devices and brands to support mixed fleets is good for the customer and for the industry.