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Sharp Congratulates IEEE On Approval Of 2600™-2008 Standard

29 Oct, 2008

Sharp Congratulates IEEE On Approval Of 2600™-2008 Standard

Mahwah, NJ (October 22, 2008) – Underscoring its ongoing support of the IEEE and security initiatives throughout the industry, Sharp Information and Imaging Company of America (SIICA) today extended its congratulations to the IEEE for gaining approval of IEEE-P2600™-2008: a new set of security standards for printer, copiers and other hard copy devices, which often face many of the same security problems as workstations and servers. Moving forward, all newly introduced Sharp multifunction peripherals (MFPs) will be fully compliant with this new standard, ensuring that data being processed by Sharp MFPs is well protected against theft.

“Sharp is committed to manufacturing the most secure, full-featured products available and remains a leader in providing state-of-the-art security features in all of its MFPs,” said Ed McLaughlin, President, SIICA. “We congratulate the IEEE on gaining approval for the 2600-2008 standard and we continue to support the industry and the IEEE in its efforts to provide benchmarks for secure business practices.”

IEEE-P2600, also known as the Hardcopy Device and System Security Working Group, is an approved standards project sponsored by the IEEE Information Assurance Standards Committee of the IEEE Computer Society that covers many new and expanded aspects of security including authentication, authorization, privacy, physical and information security, in developing, selecting, installing, configuring and using hardcopy devices.

Sharp takes a comprehensive approach to data security by protecting every step in the document lifecycle, from the initial scan to final output and distribution. In fact, Sharp has won the BERTL’s BEST award for Most Secure MFP Range five years in a row.

Sharp MFPs, including the new MX-2600N and MX-3100N introduced earlier this year, feature a myriad of network authorization and security options, including Kerberos, IPSEC and SSL, enabling users to closely control and monitor any Sharp MFP. By utilizing account codes, user/group profiles, passwords, external user accounts or access cards, Sharp users can prevent and limit unauthorized access to each device.

With advanced fax and email security features, Sharp MFPs keep data safe on any network. Sharp MFPs have led the way in network access security, MAC and IP filtering Protocol and Port Disabling, features not available on many competing models. Advanced data encryption
ensures that jobs in transit, stored, or in RAM or hard drives are secure.

For information about the complete line of Sharp MFP products, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07495-1163, or call 800-BE-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp’s Web site at www.sharpusa.com.

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