Why is SNMP important?
It’s as simple as this: Security, Security and Security!
It is probably the most important thing when you are a CEO, CFO or CTO in the printing industry. Using a secure protocol in your local network is crucial for your company’s IT security.
We suggest upgrading to SNMPv3, which is supported by JetAdvice Edge.
What does it mean to you?
All your printer fleet data will be encrypted from your devices to JetAdvice Edge. This is not the case if you use SNMPv1 or SNMPv2.
JetAdvice Edge communicates securely with JetAdvice Cloud (our servers), which is hosted in Microsoft Azure.
The transmission of the data via the Internet – from JetAdvice Edge to JetAdvice Cloud – is performed with best-practice security. Your data is saved safely in the SQL database.
JetAdvice Edge is “secure by design” – and we engineered it to stay secure. For example, we use the Microsoft Azure Security Center, and we make sure the JetAdvice Cloud infrastructure is updated.
Back to SNMPv3. If you haven’t started using it, maybe it’s time to do so. It’s just more secure. Most printing devices today will support SNMPv3.
When we look for JetAdvice Edge related topics in our support system, the three most common questions are:
How do I configure my device?
Our answer to this question is: The best way to configure your device to SNMPv3 is to talk to your manufacturer of choice 🙂
Where do I find information about setting up JetAdvice Edge?
When you go to the download page, we’ll send you an email with a link to the installation file.
If you need additional help, we recommend the FAQ section on jetadvice.com. Search for “JetAdvice Edge” and you will always have the latest and updated information right at your fingertips.
What’s the best way to start using SNMPv3?
If you need help with specific topics or problems, we’re here to help. Just send an email to support, and we can set up a remote session. We do offer training sessions as well.
The nerds say
EuroForm has implemented SNMPv3 adhering to RFC 5590.
We recommend that the following SNMPv3 best practices are observed to obtain the highest level of communication security between JetAdvice Edge and your devices.
We have tested our SNMPv3 capabilities against a range of different manufacturers and devices using the varying levels of SNMPv3 security settings. This is done by first configuring the SNMPv3 settings on the devices and then ensuring that the SNMPv3 settings are added in JetAdvice Edge. We then verify that the devices can be discovered and collected at each level of security – or not, if we deliberately configure the settings incorrectly.
These tests have been performed from both Windows, Raspberry Pi and Linux platforms to verify that our cross platform code really is cross platform.
Facts about SNMP
SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a non-proprietary communication protocol for network devices.
SNMP supports cable modems, routers, switches, servers, workstations, printers, and more. In JetAdvice, we refer to these as imaging devices.
Today, we estimate that more than 90 percent of all devices are using SNMPv1/SNMPv2.
This is not very secure since all data in your network will be sent in “clear” text.
When using SNMPv3, the data will be encrypted, using a password stored in the device and the Connector.
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