Preventing Security Breaches in the Digital Workplace, New Canon Survey

The future is here, with digital transformation strategies rapidly disrupting modern-day office environments, their related technologies, and the way we work. With the imminent evolution of technology heavily influencing everything from business workflow to employee habits to cybersecurity and beyond, many companies face questions on how to navigate the new workplace.
New Canon Survey Reveals Critical Gaps in Companies’ Cybersecurity Agendas

While digital transformation helps companies work smarter, the ongoing digitization unlocks a wealth of security vulnerabilities that can cost companies money, time, intellectual property, and customer trust.

In its latest Office of the Future survey, released today, Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, Double Award Winner in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, and multi-product competitor in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, finds that all organizations surveyed across a range of verticals experienced a cyber threat over the past year.

In its mission to take a holistic approach to security – from the device level to cybersecurity practices – Canon explores the top cyber threats based on the survey and offers insight as to how Canon products and solutions can help companies proactively protect themselves to work to close critical gaps in their cybersecurity agendas.*

(Hear from Kristen Goldberg, Director, Marketing and Product Planning at Canon USA, on the latest Office of the Future survey. Courtesy of Canon USA and YouTube. Posted on Aug 13, 2019.)

The new Office of the Future survey, which was conducted by global tech market advisory firm ABI Research**, and surveyed more than one thousand U.S. IT professionals, reveals three, pertinent cybersecurity threats:

Malware and Ransomware:

  • More than one-third of respondents consider malware and ransomware a first priority threat.

  • Yet, 25% of respondents say that employees have limited to no security awareness, nor do they understand their role in prevention.

Courtesy of Canon USA
Courtesy of Canon USA

Canon and McAfee design engineers recently joined forces and worked collaboratively to implement McAfee Embedded Control as a standard built-in security component on Canon third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE third edition solutions.1

The feature, once enabled, helps protect against zero-day and advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks by blocking the execution of unauthorized applications through intelligent whitelisting.

This helps reduce the risk posed by sophisticated malware and alleviate some concern among companies to leave less room for worry and more for productivity.

(See Canon’s Third Generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third Edition models. Courtesy of Canon USA and YouTube. Posted on Feb 4, 2019.)

Compromised Devices:

  • In today’s digital age, and with remote working trends on the rise, 21% of surveyed IT decision-makers rate compromised devices as a priority threat.

  • Respondents then rank data security, network security, and user authentication & ID management as the top three most relevant technologies to help counteract this threat.

Courtesy of Canon USA
Courtesy of Canon USA

In addition to the benefits from its recent McAfee integration, Canon continues to take measures to help users tackle the many different potential target areas of compromise.

This includes helping to protect the imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFP hard drive with a number of optional encryption and overwrite features, offering authentication and Secure Print release functions via the company’s flagship print management solution uniFLOW, as well as the inclusion of SIEM integration capability2 in the latest imageRUNNER ADVANCE lineup.

(Experience the Convenience of a secure Print Environment with the Simplicity of uniFLOW Online 2019.2. Courtesy of Canon USA and YouTube. Posted on Jul 11, 2019.)

Social Engineering:

  • The human factor is a persistent threat.

  • In fact, survey respondents consider malicious insiders (30%) and human error (25%) to be the two top threat sources.

Courtesy of Canon USA
Courtesy of Canon USA

As employees may not always understand, or be aware, as to what is a pervasive threat, Canon, in addition to its flagship uniFLOW offering, works with two notable third parties in order to help employees share information outside of their organization: cloud content and email management solutions Box® and mxHero™. 3

Further, Canon marries its advanced technology like predictive maintenance with the strength and skills of our channel partners and service providers through ongoing training and support to help provide a comprehensive solution to customers.

Courtesy of Canon USA
Courtesy of Canon USA

Survey results include additional gaps, such as lack of appropriate cybersecurity spend across certain verticals; however, it also indicates hope, with nearly 25% of those surveyed stating that they are looking to increase investments in the key growth area of cloud security in the future.

To Learn More on the findings from Canon’s latest Office of the Future survey, visit

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Courtesy of Canon USA

Canon U.S.A. Competes in 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

Canon U.S.A.

2018 ASTORS Platinum

  • Best Data Storage Security Solution

  • Therefore™ Information Mgmt, Workflow & Business Analytics


2018 ASTORS Gold

  • Best Access Control & Authentication System

  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE + uniFLOW + imageWARE Secure Audit Manager

  • *Canon U.S.A. was also recognized in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.

William "Bill" Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Boston Police Department (BPD) and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), will speak at the 2019 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East 2019, on Wednesday, November 20th, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (Courtesy of Teneo Risk)
Bill Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Boston Police Department (BPD) and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), will speak at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East 2019, on Wednesday, November 20th, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (Courtesy of Teneo Risk)

The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program drew an overwhelming response from industry leaders with a record high number of corporate and government nominations received, as well as record breaking ‘ASTORS’ Presentation Luncheon Attendees, with top firms trying to register for the exclusive high – end luncheon and networking opportunity – right up to the event kickoff on Wednesday afternoon, at the ISC East registration!

As a competitor in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards, Canon U.S.A. will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of Data Access Control & Authentication, Data Storage Security, and Email Security Solutions.

Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:


  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Department of Justice
  • The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Viasat, Hanwha Techwin, Lenel, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Verint, Canon U.S.A., BriefCam, Pivot3, Milestone Systems, Allied Universal, Ameristar Perimeter Security and More!

The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic Systems, and Desktop Alert.


Final nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at

Comprehensive List of Categories Include:

Access Control/ Identification Personal/Protective Equipment Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism
Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System Interagency Interdiction Operation Cloud Computing/Storage Solution
Facial/IRIS Recognition Body Worn Video Product Cyber Security
Video Surveillance/VMS Mobile Technology Anti-Malware
Audio Analytics Disaster Preparedness ID Management
Thermal/Infrared Camera Mass Notification System Fire & Safety
Metal/Weapon Detection Rescue Operations Critical Infrastructure
License Plate Recognition Detection Products And Many Others!

Don’t see a Direct Hit for your Product, Agency or Organization?

Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at:

2018 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East
2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

Good luck to Canon U.S.A. on being a Winner in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards!

2018 Champions Edition

See the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Champions Edition – ‘Best Products of 2018 ‘ Year in Review’ for in-depth coverage of the outstanding products and services of firms receiving American Security Today’s 2018‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards.’

Enter Early to Maximize Media Coverage of your Products and Services at Kickoff, and Get the Recognition Your Organization Deserves!

And be sure to Register Soon for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East 2019 to ensure your place at this limited- space event!

Why the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program?

Kristen Goldberg, Director, Marketing and Product Planning at Canon USA, accepting a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award at ISC East
Kristen Goldberg, Director, Marketing and Product Planning at Canon USA, accepting a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award at ISC East.

American Security Today’s comprehensive Annual Homeland Security Awards Program is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of physical, IT, port security, law enforcement, and first responders, in acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

Why American Security Today?

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 70,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

The old traditional security marketplace has been covered by a host of security publications that have changed little over many years.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that provides our readers with solutions to their challenges.

Our Editorial staff provides a full plate of topics for our AST monthly digital editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts.

The editorial calendar and AST’s high drawing website features 23 different Technology and Marketing Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities and Emergency Response among others.

These sectors are part of the new integration, where these major applications communicate with one another in a variety of solutions to protect our cities and critical infrastructure.

AST has Expanded readership into vital Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other Potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – enticing targets for extremist or lone wolf attacks due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.

Canon U.S.A., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets.

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With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2018 and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2018.

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*Canon products offer certain security features, yet many variables can impact the security of your devices and data. Canon does not warrant that use of its features will prevent security issues. Some security features may impact functionality/performance; you may want to test these settings in your environment.
**ABI Research collected the data from 1,015 respondents through an online survey conducted in April 2019. Respondents included IT decision-makers at the manager-, director- or C-level, from a full spectrum of U.S. companies, ranging from 500 to 5,000 employees, across multiple industries including Financial, Retail, Government, Manufacturing, e-Commerce, and Media, among others. The survey included 20 questions comprised of Likert-type, rating scale, rank order, and multiple-choice questions with additional options for open-ended answers.
Nothing herein should be construed as legal or regulatory advice concerning applicable laws; customers must have their own qualified counsel determine the feasibility of a solution as it relates to regulatory and statutory compliance.
1 McAfee Embedded Control is supported only on imageRUNNER ADVANCE 3rd edition models. Existing 3rd edition models in the field will support McAfee Embedded Control once the device firmware is updated to Unified Firmware Platform (UFO) v3.9.
2 Separate purchase of Security Information Event Management (SIEM) required, Canon cannot ensure compatibility with all SIEM systems. Subject to third party SIEM system terms and conditions. Neither Canon Inc. nor Canon U.S.A., Inc. represents or warrants any third-party product or feature referenced hereunder.
3 Canon U.S.A., Inc., through its subsidiary Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc. (CIIS), has a strategic partnership with Box and mxHero. Box and mxHero are third-party cloud services, and a separate subscription to both is required. Users will be subject to Box and mxHero terms, conditions and warranties. Neither Canon Inc. nor Canon U.S.A., Inc. represents or warrants any third-party product, service or feature referenced hereunder.