Most businesses understand the importance of protecting their customers’ information. Depending on the industry, they may have access to social security numbers, financial information, health records and other critical information. Companies take the necessary steps to protect their customers and ensure they are in compliance with federal and state laws. The final step of the process, which includes proper data destruction, is no exception.
Which is why it’s shocking how many times you hear of organizations under fire because someone found binders full of sensitive customer information in a dumpster behind their office. Or data was retrieved from an old computer that they donated or resold, even though they “thought” they had erased it all. Some businesses unknowingly put their customers at risk.
Many workers don’t realize that small office shredders are not only inefficient, but they’re also inadequate for protecting data. In fact, the shredded strips are not particularly difficult to reconstruct, expecially for an experienced financial criminal.
As a small business, you are legally required to protect your customers and comply with relevant security standards including HIPPA (healthcare), FACTA (credit report), and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (financial). Failure to do so can result it stiff penalties, not to mention the negative PR associated data breaches. Clearly the extra cost of properly destroying customer data is small compared to the possible repercussions of NOT doing it.
Ask any company that has inadvertently compromised their customers’ information and they’ll tell you they wish they had taken the proper steps the first time. Breaking a customer’s trust is the last thing any business wants to do.
Partnering with a professional, reputable data destruction company such as Tristar Document Shredding will give you confidence and peace of mind. You can focus on your customers’ satisfaction and we’ll destroy their sensitive information. Then we can all sleep better at night.
If you are in need of a professional data destruction company give us a call today at 1-888-747-3397 or visit our website to get a free quote.