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3 Common Information Disposal Mistakes to Avoid

Posted on March 11, 2016

Are you doing everything possible to protect your business data?

Sure, you might think you have everything under control, but even the slightest disposal mistake can create serious risks for your employees, your customers, and your business. At the end of the day, if you are not keeping up with proper information disposal practices, you could be leaving yourself open to data breaches that can cost you a lot more than just money. That’s why we have put together some of the most common information disposal mistakes, helping your business steer clear of them.

Trusting an office paper shredder

Most likely, you are probably using an office shredding machine to “destroy” your documents. But if you think they are a secure solution for getting rid of paperwork, think again. Office paper shredders shred in continuous strips, allowing for simple reconstruction by virtually anyone interested in getting their hands on your documents.

An outsourced shredding and destruction service, on the other hand, offers a comprehensive disposal method for all your business records. A professionally managed shredding service will provide locked security bins for safe document storage. Once filled, the bins will be collected and delivered to an offsite location where confidential information is destroyed beyond recognition. Finally, you will be provided with a Certificate of Destruction, immediately after destruction.

Throwing away data storage devices

You’ve done it countless times. You hit the delete key, and like magic, your data is gone, right? Wrong. Even erased data from a digital device is no guarantee your data is safe from prying eyes. And with the growing level of sophistication from thieves, they are finding new and faster ways to access data from e-waste, putting your brand and your business in jeopardy.

Don’t leave anything to chance. When it comes time to getting rid of your electronic media, make sure to use professional media destruction services to destroy IT equipment and data storage devices, including:

  • Hard drives
  • E-scrap
  • Optical media
  • Mobile devices
  • Laptops and computers

Tossing Documents in the dumpster

Another everyday data disposal blunder is tossing documents (shredded or otherwise) into a dumpster. Dumpsters, especially those found in corporate areas, are gold mines for opportunistic criminals looking for easy access to confidential information. Financial records, client files, and employee records are all out in the open, ready to be snatched up by the nearest dumpster-diver.

When it comes to information disposal, even the smallest mistake can put your business and customers’ sensitive information at risk. Using a secure outsourced shredding and destruction service will stop these mistakes from happening, helping everyone sleep better at night.

BCRMS provides professional shredding and destruction solutions for all your data needs. For more information about our services, please contact us today!