As you decommission desktops, laptops, servers or scanners, your business is going to discover very quickly that there is an abundance of information stored on the hard drives within those machines. The way your business handles the destruction of the drives is critical to protecting the business information contained within, and simply put, hard drive shredding is the best way to avoid a security breach.
Data thieves understand the value of the information contained on hard drives, and that’s why simply erasing the drive will not deter them from getting what they want. According to a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute personally identifiable information (PII) is being sold globally online on average for $158.00 per record and medical records almost $200.00 more at $355.00. Now imagine if your business simply recycled or threw away workstations with hard drives that held thousands upon thousands of valuable records. The dollar amount to data thieves could translate to millions of dollars very quickly, making any amount of time to mine that data extremely valuable.
Hard Drive Shredding Benefits
Just like any other service your business partners with an outside vendor to perform, you want to make sure that it is done with the utmost detail and precision, so you don’t have to worry that it wasn’t executed correctly. That is why hard drive shredding is the best option to ensure that no information stored on any one individual hard drive is discoverable. Once the drive is deposited into the shredder, it is reduced to pieces, making it impossible for anyone to access the information contained on the drive.
A data breach of any sort, especially one that could have been avoided, can have such an impact on a business that it may not ever be able to fully recover. When taking this into consideration, hard drive shredding can drastically reduce the possibility that any one business will incur reputation loss from a data breach stemming from data on a hard drive that wasn’t properly destroyed.
Hard drive shredding provides environmental benefits as well. As our planet ages, we are all striving to reduce our carbon footprint for future generations. Instead of hard drives ending up in landfills, the shredded hard drive metal and other raw materials is recycled.
Hard drive shredding ensures your data cannot be accessed and puts you in compliance with HIPAA, PCI, SOCS, as well as many other data security standards.
Devices That Can Have Hard Drives Shredded:
- Computers or laptops
- Backup Tapes
- Thumb drives or USB Drives
Hard drive shredding is the best way to be 100% sure your company’s data is safe. Partnering with a secure hard drive shredding vendor will mitigate the risk of a data breach resulting from an improperly destroyed hard drive. Once it’s in the shredder, it’s gone! For more info, start a chat or reach out to us @ 888-478-FILE.