It seems like every day there is news about a new virus, computer break-in, or data theft making headlines. Rimage systems require a computer running Windows to operate, and are designed to take advantage of being networked. This means that your Rimage system is potentially a target for malicious individuals. The good news is there are several things you can do to help defend against attacks.
Updates and Patches
By keeping your operating system and Rimage Software Suite up to date, you can deny attackers easy access. The longer software has been out, the more opportunity there is to find flaws and build exploits for them. Newer releases often include new libraries and other backend components that may not provide functionality benefits, but often close potential security holes.
The Rimage system uses a Windows operating system just like you would find on a laptop or other device. By default it is configured to automatically download and install Windows updates as long as it is connected to the internet. It is a good idea to make sure this happens and to periodically check other software on your Rimage system to ensure it is up to date as well.
Rimage systems do not include specific anti-virus software out of the box, but Rimage does recommend utilizing anti-virus software with your disc publishing system. Since the Rimage system is designed with productivity and networking in mind, it utilizes tools like Windows File Sharing, which unfortunately are the same tools some malicious code can use to spread to other systems on a network.
Depending on the anti-virus manufacturer, software version and scan settings, you may need to exclude certain Rimage working folders from the scan to avoid causing problems, but otherwise anti-virus can help protect against malicious code. This is because temporary files and folders are utilized by the Rimage software during production, which can get the attention of anti-virus software, which then can conflict with normal Rimage operation. Since these files only exist during production of discs, it is safe to exclude them from anti-virus scans. For help understanding which folders you can exclude, contact Rimage technical support.
Trusted Platform Module
With our recent announcement, Rimage systems now include a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) in Producer 8200N systems and Catalyst 6000N systems. Certain older motherboards shipped by Rimage would also have a TPM. Systems with Q67 motherboards and most X11 motherboards would include TPM, though by default this is turned off in the BIOS.
TPM is an international standard for a secure cryptoprocessor, which is a dedicated microcontroller designed to secure hardware by integrating cryptographic keys into devices. Software, such as that used by the financial industry, often relies on TPM to encrypt hard drives and other data. The latest TPM included with the X11 motherboard supports both 1.2 and 2.0 standards.
Just like a Laptop
The important thing to remember about your Rimage disc publishing system is that it is controlled by a Windows-based computer. It should be treated in many ways just like a laptop on your network. Don’t share user accounts or passwords, keep software updated, install anti-virus tools, and utilize safe computing practices. By following these steps, you can keep your Rimage system as safe as possible from individuals with malicious intent.