Cyber Security: Protecting your Customers Information

April 7, 2017 at 9:59 am by SEM

Cyber security, also referred to as information technology security, focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs, and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change, or destruction. From December 1, 2015 to December 1, 2016, 51% of US adults suffered some kind of security incident. Of these, many were a result of spear phishing efforts (also known as business email compromise schemes) in which highly sensitive data, typically information required for state and federal tax filings, was exposed.

Not too long ago all of our information was stored on printed paper. This made the destruction of the information relatively easy with a growing variety of paper shredders available. As technology continues to grow, so do the available ways of storing and destroying our information. A large majority of our personal information is now kept on computer hard drives. The same computers we use every day are open to cyber threats and spear phishing and we may not even know it. In order to protect ourselves we need to be sure that all of our information is correctly disposed of.

One of the things you can do to protect your customer’s information is to keep everything backed-up on multiple hard drives. Because of this, when it is time to dispose of your hard drives you may want to consider shredding, crushing or degaussing them. This applies to businesses and companies that keep personal information on their hard drives; banks, hospitals, doctor’s offices, social security, health insurance providers, the list goes on. For businesses of all sizes, data breaches hit close to home, thanks to a significant rise in CEO spear phishing and ransomware attacks. With the click of a mouse by a naïve employee, companies lose control over their customer, employee and business data.

We all want our customer’s information protected and disposed of correctly. SEM offers numerous ways to make sure your information is not going anywhere it shouldn’t. From high security/classified information requiring an NSA listed degausser, shredder or crusher to CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) data, we’ve got the right solution for your needs.

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