McAfee Whitelisting Now Available for Canon Copier/MFPs

Canon U.S.A. and McAfee, the latter of which provides device-to-cloud cybersecurity, today announced they have joined forces to provide enhanced embedded protection against malware execution and tampering of firmware and applications for a sometimes-overlooked endpoint – copier/MFPs.

Through the partnership, Canon customers will now receive McAfee Embedded Control as an additional standard security feature on third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE 3rd edition MFPs once enabled.

McAfee Embedded Control, which already protects millions of devices worldwide, such as ATMs and retail point-of-sale systems, helps defend against zero-day and advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks by blocking the execution of unauthorized applications through intelligent whitelisting. With whitelisting, only approved software can be downloaded to the MFP. This helps reduce the risk posed by sophisticated malware, such as worms, viruses, and Trojans. It also helps ensure that only Canon-approved, authorized updates can be implemented within the supported imageRUNNER ADVANCE system, helping to prevent tampering of existing firmware and applications. Competitor Xerox has also provided McAfee whitelisting for its MFPs for several years now.

Brent Smith, director of OEM Sales at McAfee explained: “McAfee Embedded Control ensures the integrity of systems by only allowing authorized access to devices and blocking un-authorized executables. In today’s modern-day threat landscape, we consider this alignment with Canon to be a win, and one that can help provide companies with the necessary assurance that their confidential business data will remain protected, even as office document workflows evolve.”

As noted, McAfee Embedded Control is available now as a standard feature on all third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE 3rd edition MFPs. Those models already in customer environments can be upgraded to include this feature via a Unified Firmware Platform update available through Canon authorized dealers.

For more information on Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE 3rd edition MFPs, visit Canon  here. For more information on McAfee Embedded Control, visit McAfee here.

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