Security & the Graphics Industry

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Laurel Brunner

One of the great leaps forward in the graphics industry has been the advent of digital prepress. Once we’d worked out how to drive output devices direct, there was no stopping the innovations in printing and publishing. To digital workflows, output and digital communications, add cloud computing and the splintering of conventional communications models.

It all adds up to a digital environment that’s far harder to control than the traditional analogue realm. The graphics industry does more and more of its business in the cloud, yet too many printing companies we visit take an almost nonchalant view of it. They trust company firewalls for protection, but while firewalls keep out the porn and get rich quick offers, they are not enough.

The mayor of London launched the London Digital Security Centre in 2015 to help London businesses to make the city cybersafe for large entities as well as SMEs. At Fespa’s recent Global Summit, Jack Lemon, operations manager at the London DSC, reminded delegates that businesses are fighting new forms of crime. Lemon works with the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police services and several banks.

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