Security for Printers

As app developers you often get pulled into greater conversations about security.  You are primarily concerned with making sure you app is taking appropriate security precautions, because, let's face it, security issues are only getting worse. Your customers are expecting end-to-end security and they expect you to be proactive about it.  Printers and other peripherals are a part of the solution and you need to be aware of the potential issues as well as what can be done to mitigate them.


Zebra has just released our newest printer firmware update, Link-OS v5.0 where we have focused on tools to make it easier to secure Zebra devices.  Fortunately, there is a well-established, reliable model and a set of best practices that can be easily applied to minimize risks and make the task straightforward.  Part of this release is extensive documentation of these practices.


The documents focus on the "CIA Model": Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. This is a guiding model that effectively raises risk mitigation.  It can be applied to all devices that use protected data.  It encourages you to think and plan to ensure your data is accurate and only those who need it have access.  These documents also propose a set of Best Practices to administer devices including printers.


Part of the process is understanding your devices and their capabilities.  Many of the Zebra printers offer communication over channels you would never think about.  These are not only documented, but we put together several simple to use configuration files to make it easy to lock down your device in common ways.  The printers also support a number of different types of standard certificates to authenticate communications.


Some of the other changes in this firmware release are the addition of 802.11r or "Fast Roaming" support,  BTLE security updates, and a few new settings to help fine tune label placement.  For a full list of changes, please see the firmware release notes for your printer.



Security and Administration guide

PrintSecure Assessment Service

If you want to know more about specific security concerns, please go to our LifeGuard Page


Robin West

Solution Architect

Zebra ISV and Developer Relations Group


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