Embedded Scanning, Encryption and Certification Workflows on Multi-Function Printers (MFPs)

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Abstract: A recently proposed document format: Publicly Posted Composite Documents (PPCDs) [1] has been developed to tackle both the containment and security aspects of composite documents participating in inter- organizational workflows. Here, the access control and authentication material together with the actual contents form a tamper proof digital bundle that was designed to be securely transmitted over potentially low security channels. Though PPCDs can be created, shared cross-organizationally and edited using software on a computer, a key functionality to efficiently and securely incorporate scanned documents inside Multi-Function Printers (MFPs) was missing. We solve this problem by enabling users with assigned modification rights to specific content-parts of a PPCD, to update such parts through scanning physical documents at a standalone MFP. The scans are then securely and automatically encrypted, signed and inserted as new PPCD content. Thus, in this paper we provide a comprehensive solution for document workflow participants to securely update or insert new contents to the PPCD at a standalone MFP device through non- trivial extension of HP MFP firmware.

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  • External Posting Date: September 21, 2014 [Abstract Only]. Approved for External Publication - External Copyright Consideration
  • Internal Posting Date: September 21, 2014 [Fulltext]

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