There are many business documents that a company must contract professionally shredding services to dispose of because of the sensitive information they contain. Of course, in the last few decades, the use of digital data in businesses has skyrocketed. Just as companies have to shred sensitive documents, they have to shred hard drives, too.
Before you assume deleting all the files is good enough, use this guide to the benefits of destroying company hard drives and ensure you’re taking the right steps to keep your company and customers safe from criminals.
Helps You Stay Compliant With Industry Standards
By maintaining the right data protection standards for your industry, forging a good relationship with your customers shouldn’t be an issue—unless you’re making mistakes in other areas. If you mishandle customer or even employee information, then you’ll end up hurting your reputation instead of keeping it intact.
Aside from a bad reputation, allowing private information to wind up in the hands of malicious parties can lead a company to pay some substantial fines. By storing and protecting data in compliance with data protection laws, including but not limited to FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), you can avoid being reckless with data and the need to pay for it to the tune of thousands of dollars.
Allows You To Prevent Clutter in the Workplace
If you choose to place old hard drives in storage when you no longer need them, they’ll take up space that can you could otherwise use for storing more relevant information or equipment. Plus, the longer you hang onto sensitive data, the longer it remains susceptible to theft. By securely destroying your hard drives, you don’t have to worry about them taking up unnecessary storage space and potentially falling into the wrong hands.
More Thorough Than Deleting Information
A common misconception with deleting information from hard drives is that the data you delete is unrecoverable. Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case. Criminals have software at their disposal they can use to rip “wiped” information from hard drives with no trouble at all. A reliable materials destruction company will have the means to destroy your hard drives so thoroughly that no criminals will be able to retrieve information from them.
As you can see, the benefits of destroying company hard drives can have a significant impact on your business’s reputation in the industry. If your company already uses a professional shredding service, reach out to them and inquire about additional material destructions they can perform.
At The Shredding Company, we offer commercial businesses and government agencies thorough, NAID-AAA-certified document disposal services. In addition to document disposal, we can also securely destroy hard drives and an eclectic combination of other devices that house sensitive business data.