November 22, 2021
Keeping private information safe has never been more critical for businesses. Protecting confidential data not only helps to reduce a company’s chance of a data breach but can also help build and maintain trust with employees and customers.
Some organisations choose to dispose of confidential documents using a traditional recycling bin. While these bins can be an environmentally friendly disposal option, they also leave confidential information exposed and at risk, creating a hotbed of opportunity for crime. Many document lifecycle management tools leave information exposed, which is a catalyst for the 56% of Europeans that experience some type of fraud between 2018 and 2020, and a further third of these complained of being victims to identity theft.
To better understand these risks, it’s important to know the lifecycle of a document disposed through a traditional recycling bin and how it compares to the secure document shredding process with Shred-it.
Nearly every point in the traditional recycling bin process carries the potential risk of exposing confidential information. Below are the five areas where vulnerabilities can be present:
Eventually, the facility recycles these documents, but businesses have no written proof of when and where their secure documents were destroyed. While the ‘recycling bin’ process benefits the environment, it repeatedly exposes confidential information, risking a data breach. These five points of vulnerability highlight the importance of document shredding and establishing proper document destruction procedures.
We designed Shred-it's data management shredding process with the five points of vulnerability in mind to help ensure confidential information stays safe from the moment a document is first thrown away to the moment it is recycled. Our process includes three simple steps:
Confidential document disposal is not simply about removing unneeded paper waste – it is also about protecting your relationship with your customers, employees, partners, and the community. Proper document shredding policies and procedures protect your organisation from the many risks of traditional document disposal.
We follow a six step security protocol to help keep confidential information safe every step of the way. We require a barcode scan at every touchpoint to track our chain of custody and our employees have Certified Information Security Professional designations. This means that they undergo rigorous training to learn how to protect confidential information.
Our fleets are GPS-tracked so we know where your documents are, and we lock our containers and trucks to keep information safe in transit. Our secure, monitored facilities help protect your information before it’s destroyed. When the process is finished, we provide customers a Certificate of Destruction to guarantee that we destroyed and recycled your documents
With Shred-it, you can feel confident that your information is safe at every step of the process and that you are doing your part in helping to protect the environment. Globally in 2021, we securely shredded and recycled 1.1 billion pounds of paper. This is equal to 9 million trees saved and 1.65 cubic yards of landfill space saved.
Learn more about our secure document disposal process and secure document shredding options to meet your needs – whether you run a small-to-medium business or a larger. Contact us.