Tax time can be dreadful for businesses and individuals when digging through old paperwork and files for the necessary documents to complete your business’ tax returns. Many times, people don’t know the retention rules for these documents, so extra documents are kept for years and years, but this only complicates things when searching for the current year’s files.
Compliance is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean?
As a business owner, you need to know and understand the rules and regulations of running a business in your particular industry. Compliance refers to all of the federal, state, and local rules and regulations required to keep your business in good standing.
Many industries have specific laws related to information security. In the healthcare industry, HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any business that deals with personal health information must ensure that all the required security measures are in place and followed to protect their patient’s records.
Have you ever wondered what happens to old employee uniforms, company badges, excess promotional products, prototypes, and other items that bear company logos and/or personal information? If items like these aren’t disposed of properly, your company’s security can be at risk.
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Oftentimes businesses and their employees think that if they simply delete their confidential electronic files, reformat or restore their devices to original settings, or recycle them, that no one will have access to them. It’s even seen on TV and in the movies where people will use a strong magnet to clear devices. But does any of this actually work? Is the information still on the device and accessible? And if so, what’s the best way to protect your information from a breach?
Many small to mid-size businesses think they can shred their documents “in-house” with a basic office shredder. You probably already know and understand the importance of shredding confidential information, but do you realize that shredding in-house is actually putting your business at risk?
There are some clear advantages to outsourcing your business’s shredding to a professional AAA NAID certified document destruction company. Below are just a few reasons to trust the professionals…
Just this month, 143 million people were affected by the Equifax security breach. That is almost half the amount of people living in the United States. This was just one of the 918 breaches that have already occurred this year, affecting almost 2 BILLION data records. The overall number of data breaches occurring each year is increasing at an alarming rate. Many industry professionals are now even considering large cyber attacks to be acts of terrorism.
Your electronic devices now contain more and more confidential information as our world becomes more digital; that’s why it is essential to properly dispose of decommissioned electronics. Computers, laptops, and hand held devices are a vital part of doing business. While they increase efficiency in your operations, technology is continually moving forward, leading to a pile of obsolete devices containing all of your confidential and proprietary information cluttering your office.
Do you find that your business is wasting valuable time, money and resources digging through files and boxes to locate past records?
Are you paying employees to do the searching for you? It can feel overwhelming looking at boxes and boxes of files.