Data has always been beneficial, but it holds more value today than ever before. In 2011 we created 1.8 Zettabytes of data, which would take 57.5 billion iPads to store it all – you could theoretically build a mountain of iPads 25x higher than Mount Fuji. Technology has grown sufficiently enough to enable us to do this through mediums such as - social media, blogs, games, resources, libraries, music, films… the list is endless. The data we have stored in the cloud or in our hard drives is invaluable, confidential and more often than not, too easily accessed.
A lot of people leave storage devices lying around with no concern of the consequences. What’s worse is that people casually throw these devices into the bin, not considering what would happen if the wrong person found it. Large, expensive and painful lawsuits are arising globally from a distinct lack of attention towards data destruction. We highlighted a case of poor media handling from NHS Surrey which resulted in a large security breach and a £200,000 pound fine (read more). This case showed us that even government run organisations aren’t immune to the effects of data theft and it is a very real threat to every organisation.
Look around your office or home now. How much data is easily seen and accessed at this moment. Now imagine an unauthorised third party accessing this data and how that would affect your business, staff and clients. It’s not worth the risk to abandon any security concerns to simply save a little time or money.
The real danger lies in disposing of the media. You need to be sure that any destroyed media is 100% clean of any data. Maybe you’re migrating to the cloud and are finished with your hard-drives. Maybe you’re looking to upgrade your current hard-drives and need to dispose of the old ones. Maybe you are simply clearing out years of untouched yet sensitive data. Whatever the reason, Shred-on-Site has the resources to securely destroy the media you no longer want.
Don’t take the unnecessary risk of binning your devices in unsuitable waste receptacles. Use the experts to ensure the job is done correctly. Our cost effective solution could save you hundreds of thousands of pounds in fines and a very large headache from lawsuits plus various other threats. Be sure to be secure with Shred-on-Site. Please contact us at your nearest convenience with any questions you may have and a member of our staff would be happy to help.
Author: Mark Coombes, Follow me on Google+