Our response to Coronavirus (COVID-19):

In these times of great uncertainty and different ways of working Shred-on-Site can offer a bespoke service to homeworkers that will cater for specific confidential shredding requirements. Being regarded as an essential service we have continued to work throughout this pandemic and all of our drivers are well versed in operating within the Government guidelines of social distancing, continual cleansing and the wearing of PPE.
All we will require is your post code, an approximate volume of the material, be it paper or media, that needs shredding and we can let you know costs and availability.
Should you require any further information please contact us.

How to maintain data security working from home during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the working landscape for thousands of businesses and millions of employees. While many are beginning to adapt to create new workflows that allow for productive remote working this is still a huge learning curve. One of the key steps to ensuring a business can continue to function during the current conditions is making sure that data security is being maintained. Working from home conditions may require a shift in perspective to ensure that this happens.

A new approach to confidentiality

Create new policies for handling sensitive and confidential data for those who are working from home. It’s essential that all staff know that the same standards still apply when it comes to protecting and processing data. Because people tend to feel more secure when they are at home, confidential materials may just be left sitting around. They could end up in household rubbish, in the background of an image posted to social media or simply be lost. In order to ensure that data standards are maintained, especially when it comes to physical documents, it’s important to put protection measures in place. Shredding remains a high priority – if staff don’t have home shredders or you’re not confident of the effectiveness of home tech then providing lockable bins that can be collected by a professional shredding service at a later date is an obvious solution.

The importance of authentication

We have all seen in the news issues that have arisen over security with platforms like Zoom. It’s crucial to ensure that wherever your business is providing access, whether that’s to your network, data, video conferencing or the cloud that you’re using high-quality authentication standards. Make sure that employees have the latest versions of software downloaded onto the device that they’re using and that any antivirus protections are also up to date. It is often worth ensuring that your staff have access to and can use a business-grade VPN. All of these measures may be essential to stop unwanted access to your systems, disruption to workflows and to prevent the loss or theft of key data.

Awareness is key

Although the current crisis has been about surviving and trying to ensure continuity for many, for others it has been an opportunity. In one week in March 3,600 domains were registered to contain the word “coronavirus.” While many may be legitimate others contain malware and viruses that are ready to exploit the fears and needs that lots of us have at this time. With your staff working at home they are much more likely to be susceptible to the efforts of scammers. It’s important to keep everyone informed about the latest scams and tell them what to look out for. Encourage staff to send emails they are not sure about to IT and to avoid clicking on websites or links that seem suspicious.

Maintaining data security during COVID-19 for those working from home requires a different approach. A combination of awareness, authentication and secure document destruction can help to keep your business safe.

Get in touch with Shred on Site today by giving us a call on 0800 181 4106 to discuss your requirements or alternatively you can request an online quote here.

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