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A (Very) Brief History of Mobile Printing

 

In the beginning, words and images were created by hand. The process was slow and difficult, and written documents were expensive and highly prized.

describe the imageA Chinese businessman named Bi Sheng created the first printing press during the Han Dynasty (about 1043), because he wanted a faster way to create documents for the royal court. It took another 400 years for Johannes Gutenberg to bring printing to the western world (1450).

The printing press made things less expensive, but the process was still slow and cumbersome, and printing was the province of specially trained craftsmen – not ordinary business people.

In the 1860’s, typewriters began appearing in businesses, and the legions of clerks who had toiled over ledgers and business records were replaced by typing pools. Things didn’t change much until computers began to make their appearance in the middle of the 20th century.

Printing technology improved with the onset of dedicated word processing machines and computers.

  • Chester Carlson created the first dry-ink printer in 1938
  • Remington-Rand Corporation created the first high-speed printer for the Univac computer in 1953
  • Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) launched the first dot matrix printer in 1970
  • Hewlett-Packard launched the Laser Jet printer in 1984 – and has shipped more than 200 million of them since

The year before Hewlett-Packard launched the Laser Jet printer, Tandy Corporation launched the world’s first notebook computer, the Tandy Model 100.

For the first time, people could easily carry a computer around with them, connect to networks via dial-up modem, and plug the notebook computer into any printer with the right connector.

A Failed Experiment That Changed Everything

The early notebook and portable computers became laptops, but like all their predecessors, laptops required a physical connection to a printer in order to turn digital documents into printed text. Then, in 1992, the Australian radio-astronomer John O’Sullivan created an experiment to detect exploding mini black holes the size of an atomic particle. The experiment failed, but he and his team realized that they had created something new in their attempt, and obtained a patent on a technology they called Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi changed everything. Old barriers to printing, sharing data, and transmitting files between networks and devices vanished quickly.

By the beginning of the 21st century – roughly a thousand years after the printing press made its debut – mobile devices were revolutionizing the way people communicated and worked.

Every year in this century has seen huge strides in the capabilities of mobile devices, as the costs and size have plummeted.

The 2014 workforce is more mobile than ever before. More than 2 billion Android, BlackBerry and Apple iOS devices access corporate networks every day. End users want access to desktop functions for all business applications, on any device, anytime, anywhere – and printing is no exception.

A Look Back: How Mobile Printing Evolved

1983: The first notebook computer (the Tandy Model 100) is released, creating the first mobile device capable of connecting to a network and a printer.

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1992: Wi-Fi is created out of a failed astrophysics experiment intended to find tiny black holes, and wireless network connections become possible.

2000: With the advent of the 21st century and increasing usage of high-end phones like BlackBerry, the market began to sense some need to help these users print.

2005: Hilton became the first hotel chain to make a significant investment in guest printing, deploying printers with email addresses across many of their properties. Other hotels followed suit, giving travelers a way to print boarding passes from their smartphones.

2005:  The launch of the first iPad starts the tablet takeover – and users soon began asking IT how to print from their tablets.

2010:  Breezy launches on BlackBerry as the first app ever to allow printing email attachments to any printer, and the only print solution with on-device encryption.

2011:  Apple launches AirPrint, a print subsystem for iOS that allows printing so long as the iOS device and AirPrint-enabled printer are on the same Wi-Fi subnet.

Present: U.S. courts define smartphones, MP3 players, and printers as “computers” under the federal Computer Fraud Act, making it mandatory for all companies to secure data stored or transmitted between those devices.

Breezy come to Android and iOS, launching the industry’s first printer-agnostic, secure mobile printing solution that meets compliance standards and enables secure printing from any mobile device, over a secure partner network of public printers or a company’s printer fleet.

Secure mobile printing is a necessity for business, and some features such as on-device encryption have become essential.

An increasing number of vendors offer mobile print solutions, but Breezy remains the only proven solution for enterprises and mid-size businesses that need an easy-to-deploy managed
solution that will stand up to a compliance audit.

For more information on secure mobile printing, watch this video from Breezy, or download The Definitive Guide to Mobile Printing, a free ebook from Breezy.



 

Cloud Computing: Is On-Device Encryption the Future?

 

For 21 years, David Cowan has invested for Bessemer Venture Partners, a global venture capital firm that has funded cloud companies such as Box, Eloqua and LinkedIn. Recently, he took to LinkedIn to offer his opinion on the future of cloud computing – a future that he says will rely on encryption.

He’s not the only expert to take that view. In fact, analysts like IDC Vice President Holly Muscolino, Gartner analyst Eric Ouellet, and Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst James Staten have been saying the same thing for several years. Staten wrote on his blog in December 2013 that, “In 2013 enterprises got real about cloud computing. In 2014 we will integrate it into our existing IT portfolios - whether IT likes it or not.” Then he added that thanks to the NSA, “One of the top trending inquiry topics hitting our cloud and security analysts lately are about cloud encryption solutions.”

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While different companies and analysts take different approaches to the subject of encrypting data for cloud computing, Forrester, Gartner, and IDC all agree on two things. For encryption to be useful and practical for business customers, it has to be simple, and it has to be automatic. “If you make it too hard for end users, or you make it too time consuming, you create a situation in which people will bypass IT rules in the name of efficiency,” Gartner’s Ouellet told an audience at a recent Gartner Symposium.

On-Device Encryption is Mobile's Holy Grail

Cloud computing often goes hand-in-hand with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in the enterprise, because mobile users tend to be early adopters of public cloud storage platforms. In fact, CDW’s 2013 State of the Cloud Report says that 73% of mobile device users are linked to 2 or more cloud storage sites, often via applications that are pre-installed on their devices and store data, images, or information in the cloud without any action on the part of the user.

The report also says that BYOD has been a driving force in corporate acceptance of cloud storage that is outside the company’s control. “An organization’s decision to move IT to the cloud is daunting because it is a wholesale change in sourcing and delivery of solutions. The decision is often influenced by the growth of bring your own device policies, the consumerization of IT and ever-closer ties between technology delivery and business outcomes.”

On-device encryption is considered the Holy Grail of mobile security for the simple reason that it’s the only mobile security solution that protects sensitive company information when it’s at rest (being stored on the mobile device) as well as when it is being transferred to another device (such as a printer).

Data that isn’t encrypted on the mobile device where it is stored is subject to man-in-the-middle attacks when it is “in transit” between the mobile device and the printer or another device. Direct WIFI-only solutions require the mobile device to be on the same network as the printer, and don’t meet employees’ need for printing “on the go”, when they are away from the office.

On-device encryption is especially important for companies in highly regulated industries such as insurance, banking, financial services, health care, education, or pharmaceuticals which are subject to FINRA and HIPAA compliance standards. Breezy is the only mobile print provider that ensures compliance by securing data on any mobile device – iPhone, iPad, Android tablet or smartphone, or BlackBerry device – with military-grade encryption before transferring the encrypted files safely via SSL to any approved printer or print network.

More Cloud-Connected Devices than People

Cisco’s 2013 Global Mobile Traffic Index reported that by the end of 2014, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2018 there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per capita. There will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices by
2018, including machine-to-machine (M2M) modules-exceeding the world's population at that time (7.6 billion).

Jared Hansen, CEO and founder of Breezy, says that as the number of mobile devices connected to the cloud increases, the need for secure mobile printing increases as well. “Our customers tell us that they are expecting double-digit increases in the number of pages printed from mobile devices this year. And that means that more company data is at risk of
man-in-the-middle attacks unless the data is encrypted on the device.

“CIOs know that they can’t stop employees from using cloud storage services like iCloud, Google, or Box. The harder it is for employees to print from mobile devices, the more likely they are to use an unsecured cloud storage system to send files from a mobile device to a computer that allows printing. On-device encryption is the best way to secure that data before it enters the cloud – and when you combine on-device encryption with an easy-to-use and manage secure mobile printing solution, you solve multiple problems,” Hansen adds.

For more information on secure mobile printing, watch this video from Breezy, or download The Definitive Guide to Mobile Printing, a free ebook from Breezy. 

3rd Quarter Sales Data Points Up New IT Security Worries

 

Gartner Analyst Mikako Kitagawa says that the shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption is continuing, even though PC shipments in the U.S. hit 16.1 million units during the third quarter, up 3.5% from the same quarter in 2012.

Worldwide, however, PC shipments dropped 8.6%, Gartner says, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide PC shipments. A total of 80.3 million PCs were shipped during the third quarter, setting the volume back more than five years.

Gartner credits Google's Android mobile OS with a big part in rising 2013 tablet sales and declining PC sales. "A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets," stated Kitagawa. Tablets will continue to put pressure on PC vendors, she said.

The 3rd quarter 2013 tablet sales numbers show a shift from PCs to tablets that is primarily driven by consumers, but it is affecting the IT landscape, too. One of the primary headaches facing IT managers is mobile security for employee-owned devices.

“Every 15 to 20 years, the IT landscape shifts. The last major shift of this magnitude was the shift to the Internet and e-business,” explains Jared Hansen, CEO of Breezy. “But the shift to mobile is no less disruptive. It’s changed the way people work, and the way organizations conduct business. Mobile security is one of the primary initiatives in most IT organizations, whether they purchase company-owned devices or encourage BYOD.”

IDC reports that by 2016, employee owned smartphones, tablets and PCs in the workplace will grow from 2 billion to more than 5.25 billion. These users expect IT to support them in accessing corporate databases and applications seamlessly and securely. This is creating new demands on the corporate network and putting the company’s customer and employee data at risk.

80% of companies are currently at risk of a data breach due one gap in their security architecture, and that risk is likely to increase as more tablets and smartphones enter the workplace. But it doesn’t have to be that way, Hansen says.

Companies are taking steps to protect their data, Hansen says, but most existing MDM and network security problems leave a gaping security hole in the form of mobile printing. “That’s where Breezy comes in. We secure the ‘last mile’ for mobile devices, with secure on-device encryption that allows employees to print from any mobile device, to internal and external printers, with just a few clicks.”

A new video from Breezy, Securing the Last Mile in Your Mobile Deployment, explains how it works. Whether a company has a BYOD policy or is purchasing tablets and smartphones for employee use, the need for secure mobile printing is increasing. Watch the video now to see how Breezy is helping companies of all sizes close the security gap.




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Breezy Added to AirWatch Connect Sponsors, App Pavilion

 

AirWatch Connect Atlanta 2013Breezy, the leading provider of secure mobile device print solutions, has been added as a sponsor to the AirWatch Connect 2013 User Group Conference this week in Atlanta.

Breezy will be showcasing its secure enterprise mobile device printing solution in the App Pavillion during the show, which opens this morning and continues through Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (265 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA, 30303).

Breezy is a printer-agnostic application that provides on-device encryption for any mobile device (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows tablets and smartphones). Breezy is fully integrated with AirWatch, the global leader and innovator in mobile security and the largest Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider.

Jared Hansen, CEO of Breezy, says that participating in Connect Atlanta is an exciting opportunity for Breezy.  “This is a collaborative forum that will bring together leading users of AirWatch’s EMM solutions, top industry analysts, and the vendors and suppliers who are helping enterprises adapt to the changes required to protect sensitive data and keep up with ever-changing compliance rules. We’re very proud to be part of the process, and to be able to offer the missing link in many mobile security solutions with our proven secure mobile print app.”

For details about AirWatch Connect, visit the conference website at http://www.air-watch.com/connect/atlanta-2013/

 

 

 

 

Survey Says: Employee Behavior Creates Mobile Security Risks

 

Breezy's secure mobile printing solution is easy to use and encrypts data on tablets or smartphonesTwo recent surveys confirm what many IT managers have long suspected: if employees are unhappy with company policies on mobile devices or strict mobile security policies that they see as hindering their ability to get work done, they will find a way around the policies so that they can use unsecured devices to access company files.

Every day, IT walks a fine line between balancing mobile security issues and giving people the tools they need to get the job done.  Every day, employees move sensitive data around. IT is in charge of securing that data, but what about things like secure mobile printing that tend to fall through the cracks?

Employees cite the need to work while “on the go”, as well as the difficulty of complying with company mobile security policies as reasons for violating policy.  For most IT managers and compliance officers,
however, the reasons for the security risks posed by mobile devices are less important than the fact that sensitive data is being put at risk.

For example, a survey done by Harris Interactive on behalf of Fiberlink asked 2,064 U.S. adults about their mobile behavior. Most of the survey respondents said their behavior was “just an effort to get the job done”, but they could still expose sensitive corporate data. 
Among them:

  • More than 50% reported uploading sensitive data to cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud.
  • More than 70% of Millennials use their own phones and tablets for work, and open sensitive data in mobile apps such as QuickOffice, Dropbox, or Evernote that aren’t covered by corporate security protections.
  • 84% of respondents reported sending sensitive data via their personal email addresses, usually free mail accounts from Google, Yahoo, and other services.

In a survey by Symantec, 62% of respondents said that it was acceptable to transfer work documents to personal computers, tablets or smartphones. The majority of these files, according to Symantec, are never deleted because employees don't understand the risks involved with keeping them. In fact, the company’s director of product marketing, Robert Hamilton, wrote that half of employees who left their position or lost their job in the last 12 months kept confidential company data on personal mobile devices when they left.

The Fiberlink survey adds some disturbing detail to this by reporting that 51% of employed U.S. adults surveyed who have personal smartphones/tablets use these mobile devices for work-related purposes and a third of those in the survey reported that they have lost a USB drive with confidential information on it.

Don’t Add Mobile Printing to Security Risks

One of the employee behaviors that could put company data at risk is transferring files to unsecured workstations (desktops or laptops) because employees need a way to print files stored on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Fortunately, there’s a simple, easy-to-use solution that gives employees real ease-of-use and secure mobile printing from any device.

That solution is Breezy. It’s the only scalable solution that can handle high-volume mobile printing to any printer on any network, from any mobile device, with secure device-level encryption for sensitive data. But don’t take our word for it. Check out what Gartner had to say about Breezy in its 2013 report on Cool Vendors in Imaging and Print Services.

Or see for yourself, with a free trial of Breezy’s secure mobile print solution for your company. You’ll be able to deploy the app across your existing print infrastructure in minutes, allowing your users secured, policy-compliant printing from any mobile device, whether at headquarters or through the global Breezy Partner Network of print locations.  Click here to start your free
trial today.

Forrester Predicts 900 Million Tablets by 2017

 

Woman using iPad while wearing telephone headset smallestForrester Research Analyst Michael O’Grady says that if you don’t own a tablet yet, you probably will soon. In a new forecast on the tablet market, O’Grady and his team predict that 6 out of 10 consumers in North America will own a tablet by the year 2017. Worldwide, the report predicts sales of tablets will reach 381 units in 2017, resulting in a global installed base of 905 million units.

The report also says that companies will continue to ramp up their adoption of tablets in the workplace, with about 18 percent of all tablets bought by 2017 used exclusively for work. As this happens, the need for mobile device management tools will skyrocket – and so will the need for mobile printing solutions.

Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder wrote that while companies are now purchasing tablets for specific classes of workers – such as field salespeople and front-line customer support personnel – the number of employees who are bringing their own devices to work is exploding. 

However, Forrester says the current mix of BYOD and company-issued tablets is also changing with a new model: companies sharing the cost of a tablet purchase with an employee who wants to be able to select a specific brand, with specific features. These picky consumers don’t want to risk letting the IT department dictate what brand of tablet they use, or whether they have options like an external keyboard, or what carrier provides their Internet access, so they’d rather buy their own device – or split the cost with an employer.

Jared Hansen, CEO of Breezy, agrees with the analysts who say that consumers remain the driving force in tablet adoption within corporate America. “With more and more employees selecting the brand of tablet they are using, the need for a secure way to allow these tablets to access company resources is becoming critical. We’re getting more and more inquiries from companies that need to provide access to secure printing from a very wide range of tablets. It’s something that mobile device management software tools often forget.

“The ability to enable a fleet of printers for secure printing from any mobile device in seconds is the primary reason that Breezy is becoming the mobile printing leader,” Hansen added. 

As tablets pass the threshold from new technology (less than 50% consumer usage) to mainstream technology, the demand for secure wireless mobile print solutions will continue to grow. Forrester predicts that tablets will achieve 50% of the U.S., Canadian, Japanese, Hong Kong, and Korean markets in about three years (by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017), with Europe lagging slightly behind with tablets becoming mainstream in 2019.

 

Photo credit: This photograph of a sales person using a tablet computer was offered on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

Breezy for Good Brings Secure Mobile Printing to Android

 

New Breezy for Good app now delivers secure printing for the mobile workforce on both Android and iOS devices.

Oakland, CA – January 29, 2013: Breezy, an industry leader in secure mobile printing, has released an Android version of its “Breezy for Good” app, expanding secure mobile printing flexibility for enterprises utilizing the Good Dynamics® AppKinetics technology delivered by Good Technology™. Whether operating within a deployed or BYOD model Breezy for Good ensures secure mobile printing on iOS and Android devices and integrates with the other mobile collaboration solutions secured by the Good Dynamics platform.

Breezy for Good on Android is designed to work seamlessly within the Good environment to provide secure mobile printing for the workforce on the go.

“Breezy for Good eliminates what we refer to as ‘last mile’ vulnerability for Good users, by ensuring that information within the Good environment remains secure during the ‘last mile’ of the journey from digital to printed form”, said Jared Hansen, CEO of Breezy. “We are excited that the rich functionality of Breezy for Good is now available for both Android and iOS users.”

Enterprise users enjoy the power and security of Breezy’s full platform, including its global Partner Network, empowering Good users to print securely from any iOS or Android device to any printer, anywhere, and at any time. CIOs and IT administrators will appreciate:

  • On-device encryption – Breezy encrypts files on the device before transferring the files via secure channels to the intended printer.

  • Centralized IT Management – Full administrative control and visibility across the enterprise through a web dashboard with control over Breezy for Good app functionality.

  • Simple to Deploy – Breezy can be deployed and running within your Good environment within minutes, with no expensive consultants required.

  • Breezy Partner Network – A global network of thousands of hotels, airports and print service providers enabling users to print securely when on the go.

Built from the ground up with security in mind, Breezy for Good integrates seamlessly with other Good Dynamics-enabled mobile apps, increasing the collaboration and productivity of your mobile workforce.

“We’re excited to work with Breezy to deliver a robust, easy to use and secure way to perform mobile printing from any device to any printer, as well as print auditing capabilities,”  said Herve Danzelaud, Vice President of Business Development and Alliances, Good Technology. “When it comes to mobile applications, businesses have a strong need to protect enterprise data.  Breezy for Good Technology will provide a value-add to our customers who want to extend employees’ business productivity and collaboration capabilities beyond the office.”

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For more detailed information download the Breezy for Good datasheet here:

http://info.breezy.com/breezy-for-good-datasheet

Companies already utilizing Breezy for Good on iOS can get the Android app here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.breezy.good.android

 

About Breezy

Breezy is the world's most secure mobile printing platform. Breezy's software lets users print to any printer from any device, and can mobile-enable existing printer fleets in a matter of minutes. The Breezy Partner Network, with thousands of locations worldwide, is the world's largest fully secured printing network, and the Breezy API, used in a growing number of popular productivity apps, can add secure printing capabilities to any app on any platform. Learn more at www.breezy.com.

 

About Good Technology

Good Technology, the leader in secure enterprise mobility solutions, creates a world where employees can securely connect, communicate, and collaborate using their personal iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. A world where IT can manage mobile apps, devices and enterprise data simply and safely to increase overall business productivity. A world where business information can travel wherever it needs to go, without putting sensitive enterprise or personal data at risk. Good Technology’s customers include more than 4,000 organizations worldwide, including FORTUNE 100™ leaders in financial services, healthcare, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, legal, and government.  Learn more at www.good.com.

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