CBS News aired a report in April on copier hard drive security risks that caused quite a sensation throughout businesses and the copier industry. Now local news stations are picking up on the story and doing their own versions geared toward alerting their local audiences on the potential for important information being left on a copier's hard drive after it is sold or returned from lease.
Technical experts from Cobb Technologies were recently interviewed by a Richmond area TV reporter looking for information on what businesses can do to protect their data from being stolen from their copiers. View video
"The real only way of getting rid of the information permanently on a hard drive is either sanitizing it or overriding or destroying the hard drive," Tracy Short, Cobb's Richmond service manager, told the reporter.
"The bottom line is it's kind of their (copier owner) responsibility because it's kind of their information," Short continued. "From a dealer or a vendor standpoint it's our responsibility to educate the customer and assist them in getting that information taken care of."
The reporter concluded that business owners are cautioned to make sure they have a company like Cobb Technologies sanitize their hard drives to keep the documents they have copied from being duplicated by a hacker.
This story will continue to churn throughout the airwaves for a while, no doubt. Security is on everyone's minds these days and the continual cautions to safeguard sensitive information have never been more important.