Multi-Function Devices (MFDs) are much more powerful than their photocopier-like appearance implies. Their multi-functionality (fax, scan, copy, print) means that their internal hard drives store a great deal of data and, because the devices are connected to both the Internet and the network, that data is vulnerable without appropriate security measures in place. Read more about MFD security.
A Multi-Function Device (MFD) is a device that provides centralized printing, scanning, copying, and faxing functionality; HSU has a number of these devices in offices around campus. MFDs are both network- and Internet-connected, so in many ways they function in a similar fashion to a computer. For this reason, and because they are multipurpose devices, it's vital that they are appropriately configured and managed to protect the information that passes through them.