How Secure is Your E-Media Disposal Process?

Posted  March 09, 2020  by  Jenny Green


In today’s digital world, you may be surprised to hear that as many as 87% of businesses don’t use a professional service to physically dispose of their old e-media [1].  Old hard drives, USBs and other hardware that contains confidential information are a data breach waiting to happen, should they fall into the wrong hands.

Only the physical destruction of e-media ensures the data contained within is securely and permanently removed. If your electronic waste disposal process includes erasing, reformatting, wiping or degaussing, you and your customers are still vulnerable. So, why take the risk?

In 2017, multinational insurance company Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA) PLC was issued a fine of £150,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), after a hard drive containing the details of nearly 60,000 customers was stolen [2].

This fine was just one instance of many similar offences, which has historically seen the healthcare sector one of the most afflicted industries, as a result of improper e-media disposal. In 2012, Brighton General Hospital was fined £325,000 after computer hard drives containing confidential information on thousands of patients were stolen [3]. Similarly, NHS Surrey was fined £200,000 in 2013 after thousands of children's patient records were found on a second-hand NHS computer that was auctioned on eBay [4].

Considering that, we can assume, every workplace uses computers – as well as printers, scanners, external hard drives and flash drives – cases like these are only set to increase. Especially in the wake of GDPR. After all, are there any electronics that do not store, access, process or backup data in today’s digital world?

So, with this in mind, it’s essential you take precautionary measures to protect your business, customers and employees. Here’s how Shred-it’s Hard Drive Destruction Services securely disposes of, to prevent you becoming another statistic on the ICO’s long list of Enforcement Action.

First, we apply the same proven, state-of-the-art, chain of custody protocols for hard drive destruction as we do for document destruction, ensuring the safe, secure destruction of your old hard drives. Our purpose-built destruction machines (hydraulic crusher or shredder) are specifically designed to destroy your hard drives and e-media so that data can never be retrieved or reconstructed.

Your old technology could make or break your business. So, only complete, physical destruction will ensure that your digital data is permanently destroyed. That’s why we offer two options for permanent hard drive destruction.

Hard Drive Shredding Services: Shreds your entire hard drive into small pieces using industrial grade destruction equipment. The hard drive shredding process completely destroys the drive platters, mechanisms, and the electronic components rendering the data unrecoverable.

Hard Drive Crushing Services: Punches an irreparable hole through each hard drive with 3,400 kilos of force pressure. Completely destroying the drive platters, rippling and fracturing the magnetic surfaces and rendering the drive data unrecoverable.


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We protect what matters and what matters to us is the security of your business. To learn more about how we can safely and securely destroy your hard drives and other e-media, get in touch for a free, no obligation quote. Every service also comes complete with a Certificate of Destruction for your records and all your old technology is securely recycled with approved providers.

[1] Source: Shred-it 2017 Security Tracker Survey United Kingdom powered by IPSOS
[2] Source: SC Magazine UK
[3] Source: BBC News
[4] Source: BBC News

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