Despite the move towards paperless working, information is still being stored on physical media. This hardware includes media such as hard drives, USB Memory sticks, SIM cards, X-Rays, Video or Cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, and Microfishe and Floppy Disks. All of these things can contain sensitive information that now needs to be disposed of.
Why is media shredding important?
Just like paper shredding, media destruction is a vital part of maintaining sufficient data protection in-house. Once you finish with a hard drive or other media, simply throwing it away can lead to a data breach and information being accessed and stolen by unauthorised parties.
This can have significant consequences for your business, including legal implications of breaking data protection legislation. Financial issues may also occur, as customer trust is broken. This can impact your reputation long-term and affect your income and day-to-day running.
Legal data protection requirements
In order to ensure that your business is compliant with UK Data Protection laws, you must keep all in-house and customer data stored securely, but also dispose of it without compromising this. Professional destruction services are the only way to guarantee that media is sufficiently destroyed and data cannot be recovered.
Paper shredding and media destruction
Paper shredding and media destruction go hand-in-hand when it comes to data protection and disposing of information. Shred-on-Site offers both services at your convenience, whether this is for regular collection or as a one-off. As per our paper shredding services, our team will also issue you with a certificate of secure destruction to guarantee the process has been completed to an acceptable and unrecoverable level.
Are you having a media clear out or do you require regular media destruction services? Give Shred-on-Site a call today on 0800 181 4106 to discuss your requirements.
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