Keep Secure Against Old Threats, Too

By Ernest Hamilton

Sep 18, 2020 03:38 PM EDT

Keep Secure Against Old Threats, Too(Keep Secure Against Old Threats, Too) (Credit: Getty Image)

Given all the high-profile hacks of multinational companies and even political parties, it's easy to understand why companies feel pressure to guard their cyber security. However, robust modern security means staying protected against old threats too.

It can be dangerous to get complacent about risks like identity theft or corporate sabotage based on obtaining physical copies of sensitive information. Companies want to know that they are hermetically sealed against such information coming out, so they hire companies like Absolute Destruction to securely eliminate any paper or electronic documents they don't want going public.

Read on to learn more about how they work.

Simple Paper Shredding

No matter how many advanced computers they have in the office, every company produces paperwork in the course of running a business. There are many standard processes which require official documentation on paper:

  • Opening a bank account

  • Filing taxes

  • Business proposals

  • HR information

  • Marketing materials

  • Trade secrets

Every company produces sensitive information that they don't want rivals to possess. That's why they call information security companies to shred the documents right there. For small volumes of paper to shred, the company should have a mobile shredding truck that can come right to your location.

For larger volumes to shred, they should still come to your address. But they'll pick up the paper that needs to be shredded and transport it back to their facility. There, it will be securely destroyed. Don't worry about hauling boxes of paper - just make one call, and it'll be securely destroyed.

Electronic Shredding

We live in an information age, and every company uses all kinds of electronic devices in the office and on the go. Companies have been brought down by sensitive information getting shared that should have been properly destroyed. 

The safest thing you can do with old electronic devices that aren't in use is have them securely eliminated. Here is a list of the electronic items we commonly destroy:

  • Smartphones

  • Desktops

  • Laptops

  • Tablets

  • Printer and photocopier memory cards

  • USBs/Flash drives

When businesses part ways with employees, there needs to be an official handover of all the company devices they were issued. Electronic devices can't simply be discarded into the trash. The data stored can still be accessed unless the microchips are pulverized. 

Unusual Shredding Needs

Some industries have sensitive material that isn't in paper or electronic form. For example, pharma companies produce packaging containing sensitive personal information. Doctors have a need to keep patient information involving things like X-rays confidential. 

No matter what form the sensitive material takes, there are shredding companies that destroy it all. The best ones will also take an extra step to ensure that they've recycled as many components as possible. Proper recycling is good for the planet, but it also helps businesses reach their carbon reduction targets.

We may live in an advanced, technological era, but non-digital data liabilities can do just as much damage as ever. Hire a professional shredding company to eliminate the possibility of sensitive information getting into the wrong hands before it's too late.

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