Five Digitally Vulnerable Areas Your Business May be Overlooking

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Fax machines

A fax machine sitting out in the open not only makes it easy for employee access, but also allows wandering eyes to notice the data as they walk by. Most companies use one fax machine for several employees, which creates more opportunities for lost documents and tampered data. Create a corporate faxing policy that should forbid employees from leaving documents unattended at the fax machine. Also, consider logging misdirected faxes to help identify risks and vulnerabilities, and help you develop better safeguards.

Similar to copy machines, fax machines contain hard drives that store data from each document they transmit, which should be securely destroyed by a certified vendor at the end of the machine's lifecycle.

According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute – the pre-eminent research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy – data breaches cost U.S. enterprises an average of $5.4 million per incident in 2012. Cintas Corporation partnered with the Ponemon Institute to identify five digital devices that are overlooked areas in a business and could be subject to a security breach.

"With the growing number of digital devices in today's businesses, it is no longer sufficient to only secure data stored on documents or in computer files," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "Data stored on digital devices such as fax machines and routers must be securely destroyed to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands."

This slideshow features the most commonly overlooked digital devices that could be a point of access for a security breach.


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