Corporate security has never been more critical. With the evolution of technology enabling the rapid sharing of information, companies now require data security equal or better than their physical security. Scandals such as the Snowden incident and the cyber attack at Anthem have made it clear that no one is free from threat.
Most data security breaches are driven by money, though some are aimed at causing destruction within the business. Attacks can generally be categorized as physical or electronic.
A physical data breach occurs when files, computers, or portable devices are stolen or misused. In 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs experienced a physical data breach when the home of one of their employees was burglarized. During the burglary, a laptop containing the personal information of more than 26 million veterans was taken. Fortunately, the laptop was later recovered.
Electronic data breaches are becoming more and more common, occurring when information is illegally obtained using technology or hacking. TJX Companies were victims of an electronic data breach in 2006 when hackers stole more than 45 millions customer records.
Any kind of breach can easily cost an organization millions of dollars, not to mention time, customers, and reputation. Instead of waiting to deal with the repercussions, it’s important to establish safeguards to minimize your risk.
In addition to implementing secure technology practices, many companies are shifting to a “shred all” policy. This means that any document no longer needed is shredded. Employees do not have to wonder whether the document is sensitive or not, it is shredded regardless. Shredding services are one easy way to avoid confidential information from being compromised.
Document Destruction can set up regularly scheduled shredded services to aid your company on the path to security. Contact us today to get started.