Hard drive and media destruction is the ONLY way to make sure all of your confidential data is destroyed correctly? A single hard drive can contain hundreds, even thousands of personal data files, especially in sensitive industries such as healthcare, legal services, and financial services.
In August 2019, personal information such as names and bank account numbers for 29,000 Facebook employees stored on unencrypted hard drives was stolen by a thief from a payroll worker.
Data theft by stolen or lost hard drive is one of the oldest types of computer security “breaches.” So, when a company decides to eliminate the piles of old disks, CDs, and hard drives, properly discarding the data should be a top priority.
Here are 5 Reasons Hard Drive and Media Destruction are Important.
DIY Disposal and Destruction is Not the Solution. DIY destruction methods such as driving nails or a hammer to hardware are not safe. In addition, many believe that a ‘factory reset” of a device will erase all of the data, and it is now clean. Experts can retrieve data by using advanced recovery software. A guarantee of information disposal requires the physical destruction of hardware.
Prevent Data Breach: Destruction of old or obsolete electronic devices is the only way to cut off access to sensitive data completely. Anyone can easily retrieve deleted information, even if reformatted. Deleting or reformatting a file does not prevent it from being stolen. In addition, storing old tapes or hard drives is a liability. A data breach can be damaging to anyone who does business with you. In other words, It is in your best interest to ensure that confidential data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Free Up Important Office Space: Your business needs to have a plan to manage your data properly. And, one crucial part of the process is to clean out cluttered areas. Stockpiling old disks and drives can take up a significant amount of space in your office. Shoving old electronic devices in cabinets or storage rooms is not the solution. Safe destruction from a professional shredding company will not only be cost-effective but will also free up space.
Comply with Business Privacy Laws: Businesses must comply with privacy laws designed to keep consumers safe. The Federal Trade Commission has specific guidelines that require businesses to properly dispose of hard drives that are no longer needed. If done incorrectly, your company may face penalties. Depending on your industry, you may meet strict standards from laws like HIPAA and FACTA. To avoid these accusations, partnering with a professional shredding company can ensure proper destruction and knowledge of these regulations. In addition to receiving proof of destruction.
Protecting Your Company’s Reputation: Practicing proper destruction of devices will convey to your customers, employees, and stakeholders that you take data security practices seriously. They will appreciate your diligence in protecting their information. Nothing will ruin your company’s reputation and profits faster than a data breach and exposing their private information. It’s a value add to everyone.
Protect your confidential data. Contact Shark Shredding at 708-388-0011 or online sharkshredding.com to learn more about hard drive and media destruction services.