Every company has data, and a lot of it. Hundreds, if not thousands, of proprietary, confidential, or sensitive data files might be stored on a single hard disk, especially in sensitive areas like healthcare, legal services, and financial services. When a corporation finally decides to get rid of the dust-gathering PCs of the past, the first priority is to remove and secure data from the hard drive that is known as computer shredding services.
Data Erasure Isn’t Enough
While deleting or overwriting computer files and then shipping their old computers to a recycling center is a good beginning step, many firms assume that it is enough to only delete files from a computer and shipping them to a recycling center. This isn’t the case because this method isn’t effective enough to prevent data retrieval. Sure, the files were wiped, but they are still on the computer, albeit in a different format and less accessible, but retrievable by those with the necessary equipment and knowledge.
Even if you destroy and dispose of your devices properly, your data may still be vulnerable.
Data recovery technology is progressing at a breakneck pace. Cutting corners when it comes to the handling of sensitive data stored on every computer is a disaster waiting to happen.
Furthermore, data security has been a hot topic in the news recently, with numerous headlines regarding data breaches.
Keeping Your Company’s Reputation Safe
A data breach will snare client trust faster than anything else. Instead of being the company they love, clients lose faith in the company in milliseconds because their personal information has been exposed.
Customers would value a corporation that prioritizes data security and participates in a data destruction process to safeguard their information. When adequate security measures are applied, it adds value for employees, vendors, partners, and other data-exchanging parties.
Free up some space
Almost every firm has a limited amount of office and/or storage space. With the ever-changing technological landscape, the longevity of digital equipment is getting shorter and shorter, and goods become obsolete within a few years. Stockpiles of obsolete computers remain more than any other item in storage rooms or stashed away in corners, closets, or less apparent locations.
A Certificate of Destruction certifies that the item has been destroyed.
The National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) certifies companies who follow the information destruction industry’s criteria. Members are audited for mobile and/or plant-based activities in printed media or paper, computer hard drive destruction, micromedia, and/or computer hard drive sanitization, according to the NAID website. This certification of following computer shredding services demonstrates a dedication to staying current on privacy laws and regulations.
Certified companies are permitted to give customers with a destruction certificate as proof of data destruction for services done for hardware data eradication. See us at Innovative IT Solutions for more insight.