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10 Printer Industry Trends To Watch in 2019

The shift toward using multifunction printers as connected devices and a greater emphasis on print security are among the major trends in the market.

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Focus On Security

Traditionally an overlooked area of cybersecurity, print security has risen to prominence thanks in large part to the awareness-raising efforts and print security offerings from HP Inc. The company includes security technologies in its commercial printers such as Sure Start, which provides self-healing for the device's BIOS from issues such as malware and corruption. Last July, meanwhile, HP announced the first-ever bug bounty program for the print industry. But it's not just HP — "every major manufacturer" in print is now focused on security, Kmetz said. "HP with its marketing power has been able to articulate a print security strategy, which then forces the competition" to respond, he said. "All the major players [now] highlight some sort of print security initiative, because it helps to sell."

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