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May 30, 2017
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A good data breach prevention program includes contracting the services of a trustworthy shredding company so there’s a secure process in place to destroy confidential information when it is no longer needed.
But as a government office in the U.K. recently found out, this doesn’t guarantee that all the confidential information a workplace handles is being put into the locked consoles to be destroyed.
In 2014, case files from children’s social workers employed by the Norfolk County Council were left in a filing cabinet that was shipped to a secondhand shop as part of an office move. Whoever was in charge of getting rid of the redundant furniture had not checked that the filing cabinet was empty and/or had not been concerned about the files that were still inside.Authorities were contacted after the store sold the filing cabinet and the files were discovered by the new owner.
This past March, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) reported the breach and fined the Norfolk County Council £60,000 ($77,466 U.S. dollars). ICO officials said there should have been a written procedure that stipulated any storage items be checked thoroughly for personal items and information before removal from the office.
A Shred-it All Policy would have been a game changer. It is a company directive that specifies all documents are securely destroyed when they are no longer needed. The policy prevents employees from having to decide what should or shouldn't be shredded. This creates a process that protects confidential information and helps to change employee behavior and make information security a mindset.
A Shred-it All Policy is a particularly good starting point for companies who are not sure how to prevent a data breach. Here are the different ways it will help:
To learn more about how Shred-it can protect your documents and hard drives, please contact us to get a free quote and security risk assessment.
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