Not Every Data Breach is High-Tech

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:04 pm, Posted by Absolute Destruction

The news has featured no shortage of stories lately about companies, even high-profile political parties, succumbing to a hack or a security breach. For the entity whose security is hacked, the fallout can be humiliating, expensive, and ultimately impossible to recover from.

However, judging from reports, one might think that cybercrimes are the only means by which businesses can have their security breached. The fact is, tangible forms of sensitive information are just as much a data security liability as anything digital.

Whether you have a home business or offices around the world, you must destroy personal data as well as sensitive business information you have in hard-copy, both on paper and electronic devices. Absolute Destruction has several convenient ways we make it easy for businesses to reduce the number of physical data liabilities they have, so staying safe has never been easier.

Read on to learn more about how our services work.

Mobile Shredding

Every company has a growing list of sensitive documents they need to keep secret. A company acquires such papers simply in the course of doing business — shredding should in absolutely no way suggest that a party has something to hide.

Here are a few common and perfectly innocent types of documents you may have lying around:

  • Banking records
  • Tax information
  • Payroll information
  • Old business plans
  • Old contracts
  • Contact information
  • HR data

If business competitors were to obtain this information, they could use it to undermine future business, or even as leverage for extortion or some other nefarious activity. Absolute Destruction makes it easy to prevent this from ever occurring.

Nobody at your company will have to break a sweat lifting boxes of paper because we provide mobile shredding services that can come right to your premises. For relatively smaller volumes of paper to be shredded, we can shred it from the curb in our mobile shredding truck. For larger volumes, we pick up the data liabilities from your location, and shred them securely at ours.

Either way, you’ll never have to strain your back or deal with the stress of handling so many sensitive documents. Absolute Destruction makes peace of mind easy.

Shredding Electronic Devices

Unsurprisingly, offices today are filled with electronic devices storing information every bit as sensitive as that found on paper. These electronics need to be disposed of carefully.

The device itself must be sufficiently destroyed: the microchips need to be pulverized so it’s simply impossible to retrieve any information ever stored on the device. Plus, electronics need to be recycled safely, as sometimes electronic devices contain corrosive elements — E-waste is becoming a growing problem, and must be handled responsibly.

Dumpster diving and corporate espionage are old and proven ways that corporate rivals and identity thieves have used to covertly gain the upper hand by learning information they are not supposed to be able to access.

Such electronics may include:

  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Smartphones
  • Printer or photocopier memory cards
  • Data tapes
  • Backup drives

If your business has old unused electronic devices lying around, their very existence poses a liability. The safest thing to do is turn them over to a professional shredding company.

Don’t hesitate to visit our website to find out more about our services that keep businesses across Toronto and the GTA safe from security breaches. You can expect the news headlines to carry yet another story about cybercrime, but every company needs to stay protected from low-tech as well as high-tech security breaches.

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