In a recent discussion with some enterprise IT managers, we identified asset classes that need to be managed and ones whose cost to manage may outweigh the benefit (acceptable levels of risk). Monitors are typically on the bubble. Often, depending on where IT is aligned within the corporate structure, the expense to manage them will outweigh the benefit of doing so.

In this discussion, someone mentioned that they also do not manage copiers, as there are no data risks. This is incorrect! They do, however, perform a factory reset on printers. We were surprised to hear this and, together, immediately discussed the storage capabilities of all imaging assets. Printers, copiers, scanners, label and receipt printers, wide format printers, and other imaging assets that do or may store data must be part of the asset assessment process.

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