The Importance Of Secure Data Destruction

While for many of us it seems obvious to secure the physical grounds of a business, securing business data is a new idea. Taking it one step farther, securing sensitive information through firewalls and antivirus programs is important, but have you considered the importance of secure data destruction as well? Data that you no longer need still may have identifying information and other data that would be troublesome if it got in the wrong hands. Here is some more information about the importance of keeping data safe with  secure data destruction.

With technology changing so quickly, many businesses have old computers, monitors and hard drives stockpiled somewhere in storage. When old hard drives are not stored in a secure area, the information that was once on those hard drives can be found and taken. Even if all the files were deleted, they can still be recovered and if this information gets into the wrong hands, it is never a good thing. When deleted data is recovered by hackers, there is often personal information left on old documents. The information can vary from home addresses to credit card information to social security numbers. When you don’t secure your data, not only are you putting your employees at risk, but your clients as well. The only way to completely get rid of old or deleted information from hard drives is to have the data destroyed. When shredding hard drives, there are two options, shredding onsite or offsite.

When shredding onsite, an outside company will come to your business and do all the shredding there. The other option is for the company to simply gather up all your old hard drives, place them in a secure vehicle, and then destroy the data at an off site location. The benefits of an offsite location is that the company will have all the technology they need to properly destroy the data while simultaneously recycling all reusable parts. Contact West Coast Computer Recycler for a Quote today!

Secure Data Destruction
Security of your companies data is crucial to your business. Shredding your documents, having a company come onsite to shred your documents or having and offsite company do it for you are all safe options.
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Protecting Your Company & Customers From Cybercrime

Cybercrime is one of the biggest security threats facing small businesses today. As nationwide companies are being hacked however, it is becoming more and more apparent that businesses need to make cyber security a major concern. Here is how to protect your business from cybercrime.

One major way that you can keep your business and sensitive information safe is by encrypting your data. Filesystems, across-the-wire transfers and stored data are examples of all the things that should be encrypted. When you encrypt sensitive data, it makes it much harder for hackers to get ahold of information. In the long run, your business will be better for it. Another practice you should adopt in your business model is to secure your the websites that you use from man-in-the-middle attacks, or, MITM and malware infections. MITM attacks is when a third party connector secretly relays and sometimes even alters communication between two parties. Using SSL’s, or secure sockets layer, which creates encrypted links help to secure you from such attacks. Other things you can do is set the secure flag for all session cookies and to scan your website for malware daily. In addition, hackers change their techniques quickly, which is a reason it seems that so many security updates occur so often. While it may be easy to ignore these updates, it is vital that you continually keep your security system up to date. Updates usually include the latest security measures, especially against areas that may have been the most vulnerable to hackers.

While it is important to keep your business’ data secure so personal and sensitive information is not leaked, another reason you would want to avoid an attack is because of the financial cost. In fact, in 2014, the average cost of a data breach for on organization was $5.9 million. For a general data breach, it was an estimated cost of $201 per compromised record. For many, a small business simply cannot absorb this kind of loss. This is why it is important to make sure your business is secure security threats.

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Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats and issues in small businesses today. One major way that you can keep your business and sensitive information safe is by encrypting your data.
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Protecting Your Customers Data

One of the most important parts of any business is the relationship you have with customers. With a positive customer relationship, your business will become trusted, which helps to ensure  brand loyalty and a positive reputation, all of which can lead to increased sales and profit. However, an often forgotten aspect of building the relationship is customer data protection. Keeping their sensitive information or assets secure is of the utmost important. Here are some things you can do to help protect your customer’s data.

The best thing you can do to prevent a security breach is to implement preventative security measures. Data security should not only include general business data but personal data as well. Part of preventative measures also includes creating a customer outreach plan in the event that a breach does occur. It may be helpful to also create a breach incident plan. This way, in the event of a breach, everyone in the company will be on the same page when it comes to how to respond.

It is also important to note that when a business has a security breach, not only does it hurt your customers, it also hurts you company as well. In fact, according to a study done by the Ponemon Institute and Symantec, an average security breach will cost a business around $5 million. On top of this, many states have tough laws in place regarding data breaches and if you fail to meet disclosure laws, it can result in lawsuits and even more steep fines. Small businesses are especially vulnerable to security breaches since the fines associated with a breach are often too large to absorb. This is why it is extremely important that your business has a security system in place to help protect sensitive customer data.

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What to Look For When Hiring a Qualified Data Destruction Company

When running a business, keeping data secure should be a top priority. While this includes, using firewalls and antivirus software, it also means protecting e-waste. More often than not, when businesses upgrade their computers, they are left with old servers, desktop computers, laptops and more. Even though these are no longer used, they still have valuable data stored on their hard drives. The most effective way to make sure that the data is erased is by having the hard drive destroyed. While there are many data destruction companies to choose from. They are not all the same. Here are some things to look for when hiring a third party company to destroy your data.

One thing to be on the lookout for is their data destruction process. Have you ever asked what to look for when hiring a Qualified Data Destruction Company? The company should offer a secure pickup of your e-waste. That means that they will go to your location and pick up all old equipment that needs to be destroyed. In order to ensure the safety of your information from point A to point B, equipment should be kept in locked cargos. Each piece of equipment should be scanned and recorded so that you can receive a receipt for each piece of equipment that is destroyed. The old hard drives should then be shredded and recycled. It is important that the data destruction company is up to code with environmental regulations as well. Finally, you should receive a confirmation of the destruction.

Another thing to be on the lookout for is a certified company. You should choose a company that is NAID AAA Certified. A company that is also involved with organizations such as the Data Protection association, the Association of Legal Administrators, Professional Records and Information Services International, and The Association of Records Managers and Administrators International can be trusted. If you are looking for a trusted professional please contact West Coast Computer Recycler for a quote today!

What to Look For When Hiring a Qualified Data Destruction Company
Often wonder what should you be looking for when hiring someone to destroy your data? Check out the list to make sure your Data Destruction Company is qualified!
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How Data Destruction Protects Your Data Security

Data destruction has become an essential part of planning for the future, in businesses of all sizes, scales and industries. Creating proper plans for the treatment of sensitive information at the end of its working life is integral to protecting its security, as well as the confidence of the customers and the legal position of the brand. Data stored physically on hard disks, memory sticks or on CDs can be both physically and electronically destroyed. Different methods are appropriate for people with differing levels of security risk: for instance, many businesses simply need their data to be overwritten sufficiently that it makes the original content illegible. More sensitive information kept on hard drives might need them to be physically shattered in order to prevent anyone else accessing the drive. Once data is deleted, it cannot be accessed easily by the computer software or application. Unless it is destroyed, though, it has not been totally removed and with effort could likely be retrieved. Unfortunately, the people most likely to be exerting themselves in recovering this information are those who would use it for criminal intent.

There are two areas where data destruction offers particular benefits to security. The most obvious of these is in its cover against fraud. When old electrical items are disposed of, many find their way to recycling plants or rubbish areas. There is a large business in shipping these older items out to less economically developed countries, where enterprising individuals found that they could make more money from breaking down a computer into its constituent parts for resale as metal and circuitry than as a working device. From here, others started to work at recovering information on these old devices to use fraudulently. A large proportion of electronic devices today have a memory which could contain vast quantities of personal data, from telephone numbers, address and birth dates through to banking details and company files or identification codes.

Secondly, companies have a legal responsibility to ensure that their customer’s data is protected and disposed of in the correct manner. For most businesses, this means that simple deletion would not be enough. For the most secure data destruction services, please contact West Coast Computer Recycler for your needs. Destruction thus also protects from any claims of malpractice in this way.