Data Security

Now more than ever, data security is an important part of businesses. While most companies focus their attention on cyber security, there is also another type of security that businesses shouldn’t forget about; that is, data destruction. While you can engage in different types of cyber security such as firewalls and encryption of data, when you have old hard drives with sensitive data stored on it, you can’t forget to protect this data as well. This is where data destruction comes into play. We love data destruction and here’s why you should too.

When your data is destroyed, your data is unrecoverable. This is because when you have sensitive data stored on hard drives or other physical devices, the data can still be recovered even if the files are deleted. While there are other ways to remove data such as wiping the hard drive through overwriting the data, the only way to be sure that the data cannot be retrieved is by physically destroying the hard drive or device that the data is stored on. When you do this, you can be sure that none of your data will be stolen.

Another reason to love data destruction is that it can save you from large fines in the future. If your data is compromised, your business can be slammed with thousands of dollars of fines. These fines can occur if your data is not properly and securely gotten rid of. Customers and employees may also pursue lawsuits against the company, which will only add more fines that your company will have to deal with. When the data is destroyed that means that you will be freeing up space at the office. Storing clunky old hard drives or computers can take up valuable space. When the data is destroyed, you can use that space for more useful reasons. These are just some of the reasons why you should consider using data destruction for your business.

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Data Destruction

If your company has been staying at the forefront of cyber security, you may already know the importance of data security. Not all security comes in the form of firewalls and strong passwords. Sometimes, data needs to be kept secure through data destruction. If there are any old computers, hard drives, or other electronics in your office, these are potential security threats. This is because even when files are deleted, they are still kept on the hard drive. Here are some things to know about data destruction services.

Most companies will charge an average of $10 per hard drive that is shredded. While this may seem steep, it is important to know that a data security breach will cost a company on average thousands of dollars in damage. In the grand scheme of things, taking this step now will save your company later. Destroying data can benefit your business by keeping it safe. When you get rid of old computers or electronics, there is only one way to know that old data cannot be found. You can get rid of information from a hard drive by overwriting the data or wiping the hard drive clean. However, these options do not 100% guarantee that the old data will not be recovered.

Data destruction companies also offer different options for the customer. For example, some companies offer mobile services while others are drop off only. West Coast Computer Recycler makes it easy on customers by offering a secure pick up option. This means that they will drive to your business, pick up all your old electronics and then securely transport it back to the main facility. Finally, a data destruction company should be certified. Companies should be ISO 14001 certified. This is a standardized management system that is given to companies regarding environmental management. This means that the company is complying with environmental laws and is taking steps toward minimizing negative effects on the environment.

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Computer Recycling & Data Destruction
Picking your data destruction company could be a hard decision. Make sure you look into different prices, how secure the company security is and whether your needs are mobile or not.
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Let’s Shed Some Light On The OHSAS 18001 Certificate

If you your business is in the world of health and safety management, you may have already heard of the OHSAS 18001 Certification. However, are you completely sure what the certificate really entails? Let’s shed some light on the OHSAS 18001 certificate. The 18001 standard is a method of auditing and assessing occupational health and safety management systems that is accepted and used internationally. The benefit of this standard is that it provides a framework for businesses to turn to in order to ensure proper and effective management for health and safety.

In order for you business to be OHSAS certified, there will be an assessment done on key areas of your business. For example, areas that will be looked at and assessed include: management systems in place, staff training, prevention planning and risk assessment, response to emergency situations, communication of the safety management systems and monitoring and continual improvement. By being compliant with OHSAS 18001 standards, it shows that you are committed to the welfare and safety of your staff and other potential business partners. As an added benefit, it makes future safety changes easier, there are cost savings, and an overall reduction in accidents in the workplace.

OHSAS 18001 is not a framework that can only be used by some. Instead, it is suitable and useful for all types of businesses that want to become more efficient in reducing accidents in the workplace and increasing the overall safety for workers. Being accredited by OHSAS 18001 also makes it easier to meet any legal obligations to safety and health that need to be met in the workplace. When your businesses uses a third party certification body to assess workplace safety systems, it shows your team that the health of suppliers, staff, and even customers are taken seriously, which may help to increase loyalty to the business.

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OHSAS 18001
The 18001 standard is a method of auditing and assessing occupational health and safety management systems that is accepted and used internationally. The benefit of this standard is that it provides a framework for businesses to turn to in order to ensure proper and effective management for health and safety.
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Should Anyone Knock On Your Door and Gain Access to Your Source Code?

Recently, the industry has been facing pressure to opt for open source codes. With many companies following suit, the pressure has even travelled all the way up to the White House. Indeed, the White House initiative recently stated that the federal government will now be operating on a modified open source code platform.

In the Second Open Government National Action Plan, the government has stated that they will now be releasing a draft of the Federal Source Code for public comment. This decision has benefits to both the government as well as the taxpayer. This initiative essentially states that all new software that is developed for federal agencies will now be made available for re-use and sharing across federal agencies. In addition, the initiative also states that a portion of the source code used for federal agencies will then be shared and released to the public. The benefit of this to the government is that it will promote collaboration as well as innovation across all federal agencies. In addition, it benefits the taxpayer because the taxpayer will now save money since by sharing these source codes, duplicative software purchases can now be avoided. These costs would not have been able to be avoided before, when agencies were kept in the dark about source codes that were being used across agencies.

While there are some advantages to open source coding, there are also some disadvantages as well. For example, with open source codes, the coding is out there for all the public to see. This means that if you are or your business releases its code, you are now opened to potential embarrassment. If your code is not the best or there are some kinks, it is there for all to see. In addition, with open source coding, it means that there is the potential for malicious users to see any vulnerabilities within the code and to then exploit those areas. While there are pros and cons to opening access to source codes, it is always important to stay in the loop and become familiar with the growing trends in the tech world.

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While there are some advantages to open source coding, there are also some disadvantages as well. For example, with open source codes, the coding is out there for all the public to see. This means that if you are or your business releases its code, you are now opened to potential embarrassment. If your code is not the best or there are some kinks, it is there for all to see.
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Increasing Your Cyber-Security

Within recent years, the amount of cyber attacks that have befallen companies have significantly increased. The top two sectors that are having breaches include the healthcare and retail sectors. However, perhaps it may come as a surprise to find that the sector with the third highest incidents related to security breaches is the education center. Specifically, higher education with Universities and Colleges throughout the nation being targeted. This further necessitates the importance of cyber security.

Just last year, major breaches occurred at Pennsylvania State University, University of Connecticut, Washington State University, the University of Virginia and John Hopkins University. At all these schools, various information was stolen from credit card data, social security numbers, and even research information. It is likely that Universities are now being targeted because for the most part, schools are not aware that security is a problem or they are simply not catching holes in their security in time. In fact, in a recent study where Tinfoil Security tested the security networks of 557 state universities using a cross-site scripting attack, twenty-five percent of the school were vulnerable to an attack. Another reason that security breaches at Universities have been more successful than in other sectors is because often, Universities do not have strict control over the software and hardware that students and the faculty use. The difficulty increases when you consider that unlike many corporations, Universities cannot control the devices that people are bringing on campus.

Professionals suggest that there are still things that can be done to protect Universities and the students and faculty within them. They suggest that whatever limited resources schools might have for Cyber-Security is focused on protecting the most sensitive information. Another good place to start is by getting the Universities to acknowledge that cyber-attacks are a real threat in the first place. If this is the case, it is likely that more of the budget will be used for security, which will do more good in the long run.

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Cyber-Security is a crucial part of your business. Keeping yours and your clients personal information secure should be the #1 priority.
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How To Prevent Major Data Breaches

It is hard to go very long in the world of business without hearing some reference to data security. However, while everyone can agree that it is important, it is often that businesses do not take enough precautions as they should. It is easy to think that a data breach could never happen to one’s own company but unfortunately, this is not the case. Within the last year, there have been major security breaches at various businesses across the nation. For all of these breaches, the attacks could have been prevented if stronger security measures had been used.

It does not matter what kind of business you are in, any type of company can fall victim to hackers. For example, there were a string of security breaches that occurred to the world of healthcare providers with companies such as Anthem Inc. and UCLA Health Systems being attacked in relative quick succession. With Anthem Inc. their security measures were not up to date and in the case of UCLA Health Systems, their patient data was not even encrypted at all. If tighter security measures had been in place, it is possible that these breaches could have been prevented. As a result of companies not cracking down on security measures, personal information such as social security numbers, dates of births, names, as well as sensitive medical information were found. Other companies such as Verizon, Home Depot, and Target all had their systems hacked. Collectively, over 7 million individuals had personal information breached from trusted agencies. While all this is unfortunate, there are things you can do to prevent situations like this from happening in the future.

Getting the most up-to-date security systems installed is extremely important in order to prevent data breaches. Hackers are coming up with new bugs just as quickly as security companies are fixing them. As a result, it is of the utmost importance that you have your systems updated frequently. Customizing your security approach is another great option as you can have your company protected in a way that is right for you.

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Preventing Data Breaches
Getting the most up-to-date security systems installed and Customizing your security approach are a couple of the things you must do to prevent major Data Breaches!
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Steps You Should Taking When Destroying Your Computer

If you have an old computer that you no longer have any use for, you might be wondering what to do with it. Before making any decision, you should know that many states have regulations where you can’t simply throw away your computer into the trash. This is because of the amount of hazardous materials and heavy metals that are in computers. Instead of throwing away your old computers, recycling them is the preferred option of getting rid of electronics.

Within the recycling world, there are different ways to recycle. While wiping hard drives clean so that computers can then be re-used is considered a form of recycling, the most common way of computer recycling is when the physical computer is destroyed and all parts that can be reused are sifted out, otherwise known as computer destruction.  One important thing to consider when destroying an old computer is that all of your old information is on the computer. Just because you may have deleted all the files from it, they are still written on the hard drive. This means you want to be careful about how you get rid of your computer. Some recycling companies are not certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which means all of your data on your computer could be at risk. With this in mind, it is important that you take your old computer to a certified recycling company.

West Coast Computer Recycler offers safe and secure data destruction services. Since they are certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency, you can rest easy knowing that they will safely and securely destroy your computer while also securely getting rid of any data that may be on it. In addition to hard drives, West Coast Computer Recycler also destroys laptops, RAM sticks, CD/DVDs, USB thumb drives, cassette tapes, and more.

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Steps Needed For Computer Destruction
There are a few steps needed with computer destruction. Making sure all old info is erased off the computer and Making sure the company is certified are a couple of very important factors.
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Mobile Hard Drive Shredding

When consumers think of data protection, they might be thinking of firewalls and virus protectors. While this works for some data, what about old pieces of electronics that still have old data on them? For example, even if you delete the files from old hard drives, the information is still stored on the hard drive. One of the best ways to ensure secure data destruction is by getting your hard drive shredded. At WC Recycler you can be sure that you’ll get the best service around. In fact, WC Recycler even offers mobile hard drive shredding to make it easier on you.

If you have eight or more items that need to be destroyed, WC Recycler will go directly to you and pick up your electronic waste for free! When your electronic waste is picked up, you can be assured that they will wipe all data from hard drives as well as physically destroying the hard drive so that you know your data will be completely unreadable. WC Recycler will also securely transfer all of your e-waste. This means that your media will be transported in a locked container that will be diligently watched throughout the entire destruction process. Once all of your products have been inventoried, they will be immediately shredded until all data becomes unreadable. Afterward, you will be given a Certificate of Assured Destruction which will show all the pieces of e-waste that have been destroyed.

While there are different options available in regards to keeping your data secure, the best way to be sure that all data is completely unreadable is to have your data shredded. Other options include wiping data strips through a strong magnet or by recoding information over and over again until it becomes unreadable. While these different forms can work, there is still a slight chance that the data can be retrieved. Shredding your data is the only option that guarantees your data from being recovered.

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Mobile Hard Drive Shredding
While there are different options available in regards to keeping your data secure, the best way to be sure that all data is completely unreadable is to have your data shredded.
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The Case for Onsite Hard Drive Shredding

If your business or company is ready to retire old computers, simply deleting the information off these computers is not enough. Sensitive information such as emails, budgetary numbers, invoices, and personal information are still stored on the hard drive. The only way to completely ensure that this information will be untraceable is to use data destruction. There are a number of different types of data destruction services that are offered. However, one of the most reliable ways to completely destroy data is by shredding the hard drive. Companies that need this service are those who do not plan on reusing or giving away their old computers. This is the best way to ensure your information will not resurface in the wrong hands.

If hard drive shredding sounds right for you, consider getting onsite data destruction. This means that the company you hire will come directly to your place of business and destroy the data on site. This is a huge appeal to many because you can keep track of your computers the whole time so you know that none of your information will be at risk. Off-site companies simply pack up your computers and drive away, leaving you unsure of what is happening in the process. With on-site hard drive shredding companies, they will keep you in the loop from start to finish. In fact, you can even witness the data process if you so choose. That way, you can know for certain that your data has not been breached. It is also easier then having to drop off equipment yourself to a third party data destruction company. Why make the trip when a company is willing to come to you?

There are many different companies offering on-site hard drive shredding services all with competing prices.

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On-Site Hard Drive Shredding
When you're ready to get rid of a computer, sensitive information such as emails, budgetary numbers, invoices, and personal information are still stored on the hard drive. Secure hard-drive destruction is needed to fully protect your private information.
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Do I Need A Data Destruction Company?

If your business is trying to figure out whether or not it needs to hire a data destruction company there are a few things to consider. In the first place, companies have been using data destruction companies in order to ensure that sensitive information does not get into the wrong hands. Even if you have deleted files from computers, the information is still located in the hard drive. While there are different options to get rid of information stored on hard drives, destroying the data might be the best option for you and your business. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about hiring a data destruction company in Los Angeles.

Data can be destroyed a number of ways. For example, you can lose data through a software that overwrites that data that is already written. If it is written over enough times, then the original information will eventually be untraceable and unreadable. Another option is to degauss your hard drive. During the degaussing process, information that is stored on magnetic tapes and disk drives are destroyed by changing the overall magnetic field. Depending on the strength of the tape type and drive, the strength of the magnet should be adjusted. The final option is to physically destroy the hard drive. When this happens, the data is completely unreadable. This option it best when the hard drive will not be reused, recycled, or given to charity. If you will be reusing or donating the computer, simply overwriting or degaussing the tape is sufficient.

West Coast Computer Recycler is a certified physical data destruction company. Other than hard drives, they also destroy USB thumb drives, solid state drives, data tape cartridges, RAM sticks, CD/DVD media, laptops, portable music devices and more. If you are thinking about destroying your data, consider West Coast Computer Recycler. They will even provide a data destruction quote.

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Reasons To Use A Data Destruction Company
West Coast Computer Recycler is a certified physical data destruction company. Other than hard drives, they also destroy USB thumb drives, solid state drives, data tape cartridges, RAM sticks, CD/DVD media, laptops, portable music devices and more. If you are thinking about destroying your data, consider West Coast Computer Recycler.
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