Are Multi Functional Devices (MFD’s) a Security Risk?

Has this advanced technology lead to even more security risks? I was recently asked about how to dispose of one of these devices and subesequently found  (with a little help from my friends) that it contained a 40gb hard disk drive (HDD).

These devices have similar componments to your home or office PC so they do pose a security risk that documents you have copied or scanned may still be stored electronically within the unit.

Bascially these devices (or at least the HDD)  must be securely disposed of via a specilaist company that provides a certificate of secure disposal. If your interested in researching this subject then check out BS EN 15713:2009 – Secure Disposal of Confidential Material.

The following video demostrates the security risk associated to Multi Functional Devices:



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