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Office Equipment Disposal Poses Risks

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

June 11, 2010

Such common office equipment as photocopiers, faxes and large printers can put companies at risk of data losses, Adelaide Now reports. When such items are disposed of without the built-in hard drives being wiped clean, companies are at risk of security breaches, experts warn. Phil Kernick, director of technical assurance at CQR Consulting, uses as an example his recent purchase of a used virtual private network (VPN) remote access device that still contained sensitive information such as passwords from a large Queensland-based company. He cautions that while many organisations are careful to clear computer hard drives, they may overlook other equipment such as routers, firewalls or copy machines.
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