Why Destruction of Information is important

December 10, 2014 at 10:57 am by SEM

Do you want to know why destruction of information is important? Two words: Information Security!

Information Security means protecting information from unauthorized access and use. In this day and age, most information is held on hard drives, tapes, CD’s, floppies and all the way down to those tiny SD Cards in your mobile phones; making our information more accessible and leaving us all a bit more exposed than in the past.

All types of businesses store information regarding their employees, their customers, their products and one of the most important, their financial statements. If this information leaked into the wrong hands, it could affect your business resulting in possible lawsuits and potential bankruptcy. Most government agencies hold classified information regarding national security. If this information got into the wrong hands, it could be catastrophic. Information Security is also important for many financial institutions and even many colleges and universities all over the country. There have been security breeches in the past that have negatively affected these financial institutions and universities causing major problems within their infrastructure and threatening their relationships with the public.

What are my options?

You may be thinking, how do I get rid of this information without it getting into the wrong hands? Do I throw it in the dumpster? Do I buy a piece of equipment to destroy these items or do I find a service that is capable of destroying it for me? Perhaps you don’t have the space or the money to buy a piece of equipment. Small volumes of destruction can be taken care of by a respectable destruction facility committed to security and the environment.

It is the facility’s responsibility that your material is destroyed in a secure way and that the destroyed material is taken to a certified recycler/refinery. Working with a Destruction Company that can track your material from “Cradle to Grave” will limit your liability as well as protect the environment. Take a look at this video that explains SEM’s Destruction Services.

Always consider your options carefully when looking to properly handle your sensitive data and do your homework regarding the service you use.

For more information, visit our web site at www.semshred.com or call us at 1-800-225-9293

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