Xerox AltaLink Devices Receive NIAP Certification

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Xerox has announced that its AltaLink devices are the first MFPs to be certified by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) under rigorous new testing standards. The Xerox AltaLink devices received NIAP certification against the latest Common Criteria security protection profile for hardcopy devices. This new protection profile is based on the security requirements specified by United States and Japanese government agencies.

NIAP is the U.S. government organization that ensures compliance with the global Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation. The Protection Profile for Hardcopy Devices v1.0 (HCD-PP v1.0) intends to protect the information processed by an MFP from security threats and includes stringent new requirements for cryptography, authentication and secure protocols. Testing is done in independent labs and results in the most up-to-date and stringent security endorsement for small- and medium-size businesses, large enterprises and governments.

“Detecting and preventing cyber threats is a 24/7, 365 days a year requirement for all enterprises and a fundamental focus for Xerox,” said Tracey Koziol, senior vice president, Workplace Solutions Business Group, Xerox. “NIAP and Common Criteria Certification gives our customers – particularly federal government agencies – assurance that our new AltaLink devices have world-class security protection built-in, and that their critical information is safe.”

The Xerox ConnectKey technology-enabled AltaLink series includes 10 MFPs designed for enterprises of all sizes with medium and large workgroups. ConnectKey technology transforms traditional printing devices into smart, connected workplace assistants that reflect the evolving needs of today’s businesses. They include simple and secure on-the-go capabilities, cloud connectivity, and access to productivity boosting features and apps.

“Security is always number one priority for Xerox in the Middle East as well as globally. Regional SMEs, large enterprises and government entities are currently going through the digital transformation process and vendors need to ensure that their connected devices are ready to reflect a cyber-attack of any size. We pride ourselves with the best in class security provision when it comes to our technology and NIAP’s certification is the proof of our hard work and excellence in this area”, said Pui Chi Li, Head of Marketing for the Middle East and Africa at Xerox Developing Markets Operations.

Xerox security solutions span four key aspects in a multilayered approach: intrusion prevention, device detection, document and data detection, and external partnerships. An example of an external partnership is McAfee’s whitelisting technology, which constantly monitors and automatically protects against malware and comes embedded in all Xerox AltaLink products. When services and solutions are required to complement Xerox’s secure devices, managed print services offerings continue the security philosophy with an approach that prevents, detects, protects and reports.

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