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Be Sure to Follow These 3 Data Destruction Procedures

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October 6, 2017
Be Sure to Follow These 3 Data Destruction Procedures

When it comes to data destruction, there are certain things that a company will want to consider. Here are three procedures that a company will want to keep in mind when it comes to data destruction and maintaining a company’s information.  

One of the first things that you’ll want to do is to identify the possible sources of a data breach. Data breaches, whether accidental or malicious, can occur for several different reasons. Whether it is accidental or not, the result is still the same. That is, sensitive information always ends up in the wrong hands. When raw and identifying information is breached, it can cause thousands of dollars to a company once it is all said and done. To avoid this, possible sources of data breaches cannot be overlooked. One of the areas that cannot be forgotten is old electronic devices and hard drives that are no longer used but still have information stored on them.

Secondly, you’ll want to add data destruction as part of your IT asset disposition plan. Several different assets are involved in IT plans. Therefore, each step should be designed well ahead of time to be best prepared for when the time comes. You’ll want to determine which data destruction method to choose from as well as how often you should utilize data destruction. There are some different data destruction options when it comes to keeping data secure on old hard drives. Some of these include encrypting the information or wiping the magnetic tape so that the information becomes unreadable. One of the best ways to ensure that old information stays away from the wrong hands is through the physical destruction of hard drives.

Lastly, if your company decides on physical destruction as the means of securing data, you’ll want to determine which destruction company to use. Not all data destruction companies are the same. You’ll want to find a company that is NAID AAA certified. This certification comes from the National Association for Information Destruction, and it shows that the company has undergone an auditing process and that company’s practices meet the highest of standards.

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