For many businesses, the New Year presents an ideal opportunity to reassess in-house policies and procedures to see what can be made more efficient. One area that it could be time to take another look at is your information security.
Information security failures
The financial implications of information and data breaches are significant, with many amounting to millions of pounds for large companies for a single incident. There are not only financial implications, but legal penalties and long term reputational repercussions.
Digital security features
There are many elements to every data protection and security policy, which include both digital and physical considerations. Digital security involves ensuring that all data is deleted and removed securely once it is no longer needed, as well as storing it in a secure manner during its lifespan and the time it is being used. Disposing of this data securely once the actual hard drives or memory sticks are no longer needed is also important – which is why shredding and secure disposal experts like Shred-on-Site also offer specialised media destruction services.
Many business have not yet transitioned to a completely digital approach. Even those businesses who have a largely paperless approach often have some physical documentation. On-site storage between shredding is something to think about – lockable consoles and secure wheelie bins are some of the receptacles available, as they offer restricted access to documentation that is waiting to be disposed of. Some solutions such as lockable consoles are ideal to provide storage of paper, whilst offering surface space to provide more storage and take up less space.
Increasing overall security
Within your organisation, are responsibilities delegated for maintaining security procedures? Limiting access to secure documents, and allowing a professional shredding and disposal company to take care of your shredding requirements not only saves time but can increase your overall in-house security. Increasing your security also ensures that you are able to maintain full compliance with UK Data Protection laws.
Find out more about how on-site shredding can increase your information security procedures by giving Shred-on-Site a call today on 0800 181 4106.
Author: Mark Coombes, Follow me on Google+