You may be tempted to throw away your old hard drives, erase, or stockpile them in storage. But data that you think you have “deleted” from these devices can easily be recovered and stolen if you are not using a secure destruction method, leaving your business at risk.
Shred-it’s state-of-the-art destruction technology prevents even the most sophisticated data recovery attempts, permanently destroying any information that was or is on your hard drives. Shred-it's destruction machines (hydraulic shearer or crusher) are specifically designed to destroy your hard drives so that data can never be retrieved or reconstructed. This is the secure destruction of computer data you can trust.
Shred-it's destruction machines (hydraulic shearer or crusher) are specifically designed to destroy your hard drives so that data can never be retrieved or reconstructed. Shred-it offers two approaches for permanent hard drive destruction that are tailored to fit your business needs:
Slices your entire hard drive into small pieces with 40,000 lbs. of destructive force. The process destroys the drive platters, mechanisms, and electronic components, rendering the data unrecoverable.
Punches irreparable holes through each hard drive with 7,500 lbs. of force pressure, destroying the drive platters, rippling, and fracturing the magnetic surfaces rendering the drive data unrecoverable.
Our better-than-industry standards start with our secure chain of custody protocols. We invest in the latest technologies to ensure end-to-end tracking of your materials:
Barcode scan at every touchpoint for a complete chain of custody
GPS-tracked fleets ensure end-to-end tracking of your material
Locked trucks and secure totes keep information safe in transit
Secure, monitored facilities protect your information before it's destroyed
Tamper-proof containers keep hands off your materials
Certificate of Destruction certifies that your material was destroyed in a compliant manner
Data is at the center of business. For many organizations, including small businesses, digital adoption drives strategy. Data is essential to meeting customer needs, responding to sudden market shifts, and unforeseen events. Businesses also collect data to conduct day-to-day business and for human resources purposes. All organizations have access to confidential data such as employee social security numbers, protected health information, or consumer account information. Data is valuable, and as much as it is used for good, some bad actors target businesses and try to steal that data. Data breaches are increasingly common, and business leaders need to take steps to help protect the data they possess. Data protection does not only protect an individual's private information but can also help protect a business' reputation and bottom line.
There are many things small businesses can do to help protect both digital and physical customer data. For physical data, one of the best data protection tactics is to shred all documents once they are no longer needed. If a business is required to keep a document, it should be placed in locked storage until it can be shredded. Shred-it promotes a shred it all policy to remove any confusion if a document contains confidential data. For digital data, ensure it is password protected. If a breach occurs, change passwords, disconnect devices from the internet server, back up the information, and identify and contain potential malware. Providers like Shred-it can help companies destroy hardware via two methods: the hard drive punch and hard drive shearing.
Failure to follow information security protocols can result in data breaches, which may lead to financial penalties or increased risks to your organization’s reputation.
Shred-it’s proprietary Information Security Risk Assessment Tool helps to identify potential data risks in your organization by evaluating your current policies, procedures, and training to provide a quantifiable estimate of data breach risk.
Missing simple information security requirements can cause your organization to be at risk. Assess your potential risk today.