HP Ups Android Security

— March 19, 2014

HP launched a near-field communications (NFC) touch-to-authenticate solution for enterprise customers, enabling end users to validate themselves with the simple touch of their NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet, to an HP Enterprise LaserJet printer or MFP.
 
The company’s new LaserJet devices, the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680 series and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M651 series, both enable security-enhancing NFC touch-to-authenticate capabilities, as well as NFC touch-to-print and wireless direct mobile printing options. They provide simple wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices including wireless direct, HP ePrint and HP AirPrint.
 
“As mobile device usage in the office continues to grow, many businesses are concerned with security,” said Pradeep Jotwani, senior vice president, LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, HP. “HP continues to focus on the security needs of enterprise customers...By simplifying authentication for users, IT managers can better secure printer and MFP fleets without the concern of burdening users with a complicated authentication process.”
 
Enterprises Adapt
To help enterprises  adapt to the changing business landscape HP has updated  its Access Control and HP ePrint Enterprise with added capabilities to  increase office productivity, while reducing infrastructure costs.
 
HP Access Control 14.0 allows enterprises to authenticate user login information by touching an NFC-enabled Android smartphone directly to the printer via NFC touch-to-authenticate technology. Customers can experience a simplified login process without sacrificing device or data security, or requiring a proximity card reader system.
 
Updates to HP ePrint Enterprise 3.2 offer enhanced connectivity and security features for environments using mobile device management (MDM) solutions. HP ePrint Enterprise is now fully integrated with MobileIron’s AppConnect ecosystem. In addition, the application now offers productivity enhancements based on the new touch-to-authenticate features.
 
Updates to HP’s business printing portfolio, are aimed at addressing the needs of IT managers to improve document workflows while maintaining security. Updates include multi-function and single-function devices with full enterprise capabilities, NFC touch-to-authenticate capabilities and mobile printing options.
 
The HP M651 and HP MFP M680 meant for in the office, but with mobile access, provide advanced security measures to help IT managers protect their enterprise organization’s confidential information. The HP M651 promotes further ease of use with a 4.3-inch color touchscreen panel and easy access USB that gives users the ability to manage data directly at the device.
 
Each device in the series is equipped with full enterprise capabilities and can be easily managed and scaled with HP FutureSmart 3.0 firmware, Open Extensibility Platform, Universal Print Driver and Web Jetadmin. The mechanism offers a set of features including single-pass two-sided scanning, access to the cloud, HP EveryPage technology and advanced sending and sharing options.

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