[caption id="attachment_36122" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Copier hard drives should be erased to minimize security risks."]Copier hard drives should be erased to minimize security risks.[/caption]

Although stolen laptops and computer-savvy hackers are frequently the focus of school security discussions, information retained when sensitive documents are photocopied poses another very real, although often overlooked, security threat for schools—and for the employees and students whose personal information could be at risk.

The hard drives in digital copiers record all images that are copied using the machine. While copier security risks have been known for a number of years,...

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