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A small company is moving towards sharing printers to reduce the number of printers used within the company. The technician has security concerns. What security risk is associated with sharing a printer?

  • data privacy
  • dumpster diving
  • shoulder surfing
  • replay attacks


    Three security concerns related to shared printers include (1) cached print files could contain sensitive data; (2) user authentication is needed to control access to the printer; and (3) print jobs could be read by others, intercepted, copied, or modified. Dumpster diving and shoulder surfing are security concerns whether the printer is shared or not. A replay attack is where a packet is captured, altered, and sent back to the original destination. Print jobs are not commonly returned to the sender.

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