What can secure asset destruction save you? In the information age, every piece of data is valuable, no matter how old. Companies can’t afford to hold on to every file indefinitely, whether it’s physical or digital; that takes up valuable resources, and data at rest is still at risk. Secure asset destruction is the only way to guarantee that once something’s gone, it’s really gone; but it is no simple task. Fortunately, the right combination of policies and partners can help you reap the benefits of document shredding today.
In the information age, every piece of data is valuable, even if it’s old or not in use. After all, just because something is no longer of use to you, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be of use to someone else. Bad actors are going to greater lengths to get their hands on anything and everything that could lead them to a payout, from former customer credit card numbers to 10-year-old trade secrets.
Guarantee old data won’t come back to haunt you
Simply shredding documents is hardly a means of secure asset destruction. In the digital age, it takes a lot more due diligence to ensure that once something has been disposed of, it’s really, truly gone. Many companies are electing to hold on to old files and computer systems instead, but that is a partial solution at best. At worst, it effectively increases the risk old data will fall into the wrong hands as it sits, static and unguarded, in some back corner of a distant server or storage room. Secure asset destruction is the only way to guarantee old data won’t come back to haunt you, but it has to be done right.
Create New Revenue
In theory, organizations could accomplish some of these tasks on their own, but at what cost? Secure asset destruction can be time and resource-intensive, and even the best internal destruction policy is no guarantee employees are actually following it. More often than not, employees view complex security policies and procedures as cumbersome and not relevant to their actual role; after all, why should someone in sales care what happens with their old files or hard drive when they’re done with it? That’s not their job; they’re here to make sales. Instead, you should consider working with a certified partner whose job is secure asset destruction. They will take care of erasing existing data, proving that environmental sustainability doesn’t have to cost a lot — in fact, it can create a new revenue stream.
Enjoy Peace of Mind
The most important thing secure asset destruction can do is protecting a company’s brand. Recent research from Centrify shows a company’s stock value falls an average of 5% following the announcement of a data breach. According to the 2017 Ponemon Cost of Data Breach Study, a single lost or stolen record can cost $141 alone; an entire folder or disc of sensitive information — even if it’s no longer in active use — can put a company out of business, as Inc. reports.
Working with secure asset destruction professionals is the only way to have true peace of mind. Iron Mountain can safely, reliably and cost-effectively dispose of unneeded records and assets that contain personal or sensitive information, regardless of format, with its two main asset disposal solutions: Secure Shredding and the Iron Mountain® Secure e-Waste and IT Asset Disposition (SITAD). Print, media storage discs or drives, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and printers can all be securely wiped and recycled with tailorable services available offsite. Trained destruction professionals accompany assets every step of the way, from the onsite collection, in transit, through destruction or remarketing.
With Iron Mountain, that peace of mind also comes with a Certificate of Destruction, legal proof that assets have been securely and compliantly disposed of. Iron Mountain works with companies across disciplines, from financial institutions to hospitals, and can meet any industry-specific compliance needs. Having a secure asset disposal process — and partner — gives your customers more reason to have faith in you too.
At Al BiddaWH, we provide end-to-end solutions in record management, helping our clients organize, back up, manage and protect large volumes of active and inactive documents, images and data in both physical and electronic formats.