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Sharp first to meet stricter security standards

Sharp has become the first manufacturer to achieve certification to a new international security standard specified by the US and Japanese governments.

Sharp Colour MFP
Sharp Colour MFP

The Hardcopy Device Protection Profile v1.0 (HCD-PP) from Japan’s IT security evaluation and certification system (JISEC) aims to protect information processed by an MFP from security threats and includes specifications for encryption and firewalls.

JISEC has awarded Common Criteria certification to 14 Sharp colour MFPs with an embedded data security option available via a firmware upgrade.

Peter Plested, director of information systems, Sharp Europe, said: “This is an important stepchange in our security portfolio and means that we can support customers handling the most sensitive data in the world. Initially requested by Japan and the US, Europe is expected to require this higher standard soon.”

He added: “We were the frst MFP manufacturer to receive Common Criteria certification in 2001, and we believe we are again the first to meet this new higher standard.”

Sharp devices to have achieved certification include the MX-2630N, MX-3050N, MX-3550N, MX-4050N, MX-5050N, MX-6050N, MX-3060N, MX-3560, MX-4060N, MX-3070N, MX-3570N, MX-4070N, MX-5070N, MX-6070N.

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