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In this issue we will discuss the common mistakes businesses should avoid making.
The first step in improving information security is conducting a thorough assessment of the vulnerabilities in your business. However, according to the 2014 Shred-it Information Security Tracker, over 75% of UK SMEs are at risk of disposing of confidential information in the wrong place.Take a close look at your organisation’s current information security procedures so you can identify any potential mistakes and take concrete action to lower your risk.1
Every year businesses across the UK lose millions of pounds to online, mail, door-to-door and telephone scams. This unique type of fraud can cause devastating damage to businesses. It’s important to stay informed so you can recognise these scams and protect confidential information.
Small businesses are often targeted by directory listings or unauthorised advertising fraud in an attempt to bill the organisation for an advertisement or directory listing which does not exist. The organisation is deceived by a fake quote based on a genuine entry or advertisement the business has had in a different publication or directory.
You can protect your business by implementing simple measures including:
For more information on how to recognise fraud you can visit the ActionFraud website and take a look at these tips on how to protect your business against fraud.
The first step in fixing a problem is knowing that it exists. In each edition we feature a recent high profile news story relating to data breaches to show businesses how they can mitigate similar risks.
This quarter we’re highlighting:
“Strike week” a March 2015 initiative by the UK's National Crime Agency. This saw 56 suspected hackers arrested as part of the ongoing fight against cybercrime. More than 25 operations were carried out across England, Scotland and Wales, with arrests including a man suspected of involvement in a 2012 hacking attack on Yahoo.
What you can do: Cybercrime continues to be one of the biggest threats to businesses, however according to the 2014 Annual Shred-it Security Tracker, 50 percent of UK firms surveyed reported having no cyber security policy in place. It is important for business leaders to ensure their information security protocols extend to include cyber security and the disposal of e-media and hard drives. Erasing hard drives does not mean data is destroyed. Physical hard drive destruction is proven to be the only 100% secure way to destroy data from hard drives.
Shred-it truly values its relationships with its customers and the communities in which it operates. This is why Shred-it Partners are trained to provide top level customer service and make a positive contribution their local communities. In each edition we highlight Shred-it Partners who went above and beyond to provide exceptional service to these groups:
Paul Marra, Edinburgh branch:
Last year, Shred-it’s Edinburgh branch set up a relationship with their local primary school. Pupils have now visited the branch three times to see the shredding process and discuss how Shred-it helps the environment by recycling all of the shredded paper. Over Christmas, Paul Marra of Shred-it visited the school to discuss how they could help over the holidays by filling our bags with their Christmas wrapping paper and cards. When they were full, the class stopped by to see their bags being shredded. Over 80 bags were given to Shred-it by the school. Paul also showed them videos about the shredding and recycling process and discussed Shred-it’s environmental policy.
Shred-it would like to commend the Edinburgh team for this innovative initiative and the contribution they’re making to local community life.
Please visit the Shred-it Resource Centre for more information on successfully implementing an information security program in your organization. You can also stay informed with Shred-it on Facebook and LinkedIn or you can follow us on Twitter at @shredit_uk.
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