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AITP in Action: Digital Copiers Loaded With Secrets

Tuesday, June 08, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Norbert Kubilus -- Legislative & Regulatory Affair
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CBS Evening News ran a feature piece in April on the exposure to data loss from copiers and multi-function printers. Digital copiers and other printing/scanning devices built since 2002 routinely contain a hard drive, similar to the one on your desktop or laptop PC, that stores an image of every document that you scan or copy.

If you didn't know this, you're not alone. According to the story, 60% of Americans are not aware that digital copiers, scanners and fax machines store data. If you're concerned about data security, it is crucial that you remove these hard drives and have them properly cleansed before selling the copiers or otherwise disposing of them.

Simply deleting the information is not enough. You want to have the hard drives on digital copiers and multi-function printers sanitized according to Department of Defense standards before disposal.

If you haven't seen the CBS report, click here to check it out. It is eye-opening.



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