We’ve come a long way in technology and so have those who illegally access data to profit from it. While cyber security is on the rise, cybercrime is hardly a step away. This puts companies in a precarious position given the modern business landscape where almost every organization is going digital.
Confidential information has to be stored securely so that employees as well as third party infiltrators cannot get their hands on it. When files need to be removed from a device, then many companies resort to hard drive shredding to ensure that no one can access any data from them. But is HDD destruction really needed for every business?
The answer is yes.
Whether you are dealing with huge amounts of confidential information which may include medical histories, payment information or government documents or small amounts of confidential files that store important data regarding the clients and the organization, it is important to dispose of hard drive securely and the best way to do it is through hard disk shredding. Since hard drive disposal is not a task that can be carried out by everyone, it is best to leave hard drive destruction services to the professionals.
Does your company support BYOD (Bring your own device) policies?
If your company allows employees to bring their own devices then it is important to safeguard the data on those devices when the employees consider upgrading the device. Laptops, smartphones and tablets are constantly upgraded by people to make sure that they are using the latest technology.
If your company has a BYOD policy, and you handle sensitive data, then consider the secure disposal of hard drives of the old devices when the employees upgrads to a new one. This will make sure that no one can hack into the devices to retrieve important data that can cause complications and negative publicity for your organization.
Do your company’s security policies cover the protection of dated equipment?
We have come across a number of companies that are very keen on protecting information and use extensive measures to secure data. However the physical protection of old equipment in many of these companies has been overlooked. This gives cybercriminals and hackers a leeway to access confidential information from the old devices.
It is best to get the hard drives of such equipment destroyed immediately so that there is no chance of a breach later on. Make sure that your company’s security policies are extended to protect data on old equipment and consider computer destruction services to keep data safe.
Companies with massive stores of important data should definitely consider secure hard drive destruction. This is especially important in this age where upgrades are more frequent rendering old devices less useful or of no use at all.
Look for hard drive destruction companies that can provide on-site hard drive shredding facilities or who can pick up the equipment from the site and complete the destruction off-site providing you with a hard drive destruction certificate.