When it comes to data, with great power comes great responsibility
Businesses run on plans, vision and inevitably, paperwork. Sensitive data encompasses everyone involved in a company, from stakeholder to client. Properly disposing of these physical documents is a crucial safeguard against information security breaches and identity theft.
The Bureau of Department Statistics reported in Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 that 17.6 million U.S. residents 16 or older fell victim to identity theft that year. To combat this, 31 states and Puerto Rico have data disposal laws which mandate that entities make personal information undecipherable upon disposal.
In the wrong hands even seemingly useless scraps of information can be exploited. This risk is magnified in business settings, since companies possess an abundance of data and information. The proper disposal of these is integral to security.
There are a few ways to destroy documents, such as burning or pulping papers by soaking them in bleach but shredding is by far the most practical. It’s fast, clean and doesn’t require a bon-fire.
There are three types of shredders, strip-cut, cross-cut and micro-cut. The strip-cut shreds paper into ribbons, the cross-cut reduces paper to small tabs and the micro-cut transfigures your sensitive documents into confetti.
While shredding is essential to data security, the absolute volume of sensitive physical data that businesses produce can make it a cumbersome endeavor. Professional shredding companies, like Midcon Shredding, alleviate the burden by offering certified data and document destruction, and on site document destruction and shredding. They also recycle to reduce environmental damage.
Important documents tumbling into the wrong hands, or being pieced together painstakingly by ill-intentioned criminals, can create complications and chaos. Fortunately, this apparition of identity theft is defeated easily by properly destroying data. Shredding, as such, is not an extra security precaution but an indispensable business practice.