What to Do with an Out-of-Date Copier

January 14, 2019 | Advanced Office

If you are reading this blog, there is a good chance that your multifunction copier has seen better days and you are contemplating moving on to a newer, more efficient device. When removing your current copier, you might think that all you need to do is call your copier service provider and safely get it out of your hands. While a vendor is likely to help you remove your device, your business information and data is at risk if you do not take critical steps to protect your device.

Your Copier’s Hard Drive

Most people are aware of the ongoing threat of information and data breaches. Viruses, data leakage, and data breaches have put thousands of businesses out of commission, and no company is safe from the damage that comes with information loss.

Most people do not realize that an office copier is a gold mine of information for a hacker. The hard drive on your device records every action and file that passes through your machine, storing an abundance of significant and sensitive data and information that directly relates to your business, employees, and customers.

Securing Your Information

As you rid yourself of your old copier, you also send a hard drive out the door with thousands of dollars’ worth of information that could easily fall into the wrong hands.

Before the copier leaves your office, it is imperative that all of the information stored on the copier’s hard drive is deleted. There is no telling of how severe the consequences could be if your business’ sensitive data and information fell into the wrong hands.

This is particularly important for healthcare providers who must abide by HIPAA and HCFA regulations. If patient information happened to be leaked, your business could be fined thousands of dollars.

To learn more about clearing your hard drive and other crucial security measures for your print environment, contact Advanced Office today!