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.
Self-storage facilities have gained popularity in recent years, and seem to be popping up all over… But is self-storage really a good option when it comes to business documents? The simple answer is NO. Trust the professionals.
There are 3 main reasons that self-storage units are NOT the solution when it comes to business documents and medical records:
Tax season is the busiest time of year for accountants and CPA firms. Not surprisingly, they tend to generate more documents and sensitive information during this time period. Although for many clients, their main priority is receiving the highest tax refund, it is equally important to make sure their confidential tax documentation is being managed and disposed of correctly.
How many customers does your company currently have in your database? Think about that number….is it thousands? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Now take that number and multiply it by $158. That is the current cost incurred from each lost or stolen record containing sensitive or confidential information. For most small-to-mid size businesses, that risk can be well over $1 million.
Protecting the privacy of consumer information held by "financial institutions" is at the heart of the financial privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Modernization Act of 1999.
Electronics have become a part of our everyday lives. We wake up in the morning to our cell phones ringing, utilize computers and laptops throughout the day at work, and end the day at work using tablets and other media devices. With technology growing so rapidly and having to constantly upgrade our hardware and technology, we are generating a great deal of electronic waste. Electronics contain hazardous materials which can be harmful to human health and to the environment. Whether electronics are no longer working or outdated, they must go through a recycling process that prevents the material ending up in a landfill.