Sharp First Manufacturer To Achieve New International Security Standard for Copier/MFPs

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America reports that it’s the first copier/MFP manufacturer to announce certification with the latest Common Criteria Security Protection Profile. The Protection Profile for Hardcopy Devices v1.0 (HCD-PP v1.0) is said to provide the most up-to-date security validation for businesses, government, and military offices.

The Common Criteria is a set of guidelines used to evaluate information-technology equipment. The specifications are set and tested by independent laboratories; Sharp is certified by Japan’s IT security evaluation and certification system (JISEC).

The Hardcopy Device Protection Profile v1.0 (HCD-PP) is a new requirement for MFPs based on the security requirements specified by the U.S. and Japanese governments. It was developed through the industry collaboration with the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) and International-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA). It aims to protect the information processed by an MFP from security threats, and includes specifications for encryption and firewalls.

Vince Jannelli, associate vice president of Software Product Management for Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, commented: “Sharp has always aimed to achieve a secure and productive office environment through the development of our digital MFPs. Keeping up with evolving standards, such as Common Criteria, is important to ensure that our customers can confidently handle the most sensitive data on our devices.”

The following Sharp devices have received the certification: MX-2630N, and MX-3050N/3550N/4050N/5050N/6050N, MX-3070N/3570N/4070N/5070N/6070N. Existing and new customers can add this option via a firmware update.

Sharp MFP security features include:

  • The Sharp Security Suite, which includes Sharp’s Data Security Kit (Commercial and Common Criteria Certified versions); print-driver security features; Sharp OSA technology-enabled security applications.
  • Standard MFP security along with optional DSK security protects and controls the major MFP systems and subsystems (print, copy, scan, fax jobs, network settings, memory components, local user interface). The Sharp data encryption method uses the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm on all data before it’s written to RAM and the hard-disk drive. It also provides overwriting routines (up to seven-times overwrite) to ensure that all information is virtually irretrievable by unauthorized users.
  • End-Of-Lease feature, which ensures that all data is erased before returning, or relinquishing control of the MFP.
  • Intelligent network interface that provides access and network-control security features designed to prevent threats, as well as document improper device access: access control security; data and information security; network security; fax security; audit trail security; and document security.

For products certified by JISEC, visit the information-processing promotion organization (IPA) Web site here.

For more information on Sharp MFPs, visit the company here.

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