How the Data is Stolen
According to the BBB, most identity thieves still obtain personal information through traditional means, rather than electronic means. Where the method of theft is known, almost 70% of information was obtained by dumpster diving and physically stealing the data, versus 11% obtained online. This includes dumpster diving, theft of mail, wallets, checkbooks etc.
One of the best self-defense measures businesses can implement is to shred information before discarding it. Even the smallest business can afford an to outsourse their shredding to a professional shredding company. Staff members should be instructed to place all confidential information into a locked bin or other location until it can be picked up and shredded by a professional.
Report Details Risks of Data Theft
The overwhelming majority of victims of a security breach blamed the offending institution for the data breach, according to a survey involving 1,100 American adults who received security-breach notifications alerting them to a compromise of their personal information.
In some cases, the confidential records that were stolen before they could be destroy or were never going to be shredded. In other cases, computer data was stolen. It is not clear how much of the data was stolen from disk drives which were disposed of instead of being shredded.
The survey determined that 92% blamed the company for the loss of their personal information, 19% left the company due to the issue, and 40% are considering taking their business elsewhere. Another 5% are seeking legal advice for possible lawsuits.
You Can Get Fired For Not Protecting Data
The following is just one example of people getting fired for not protecting data.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson, has acknowledged three firings associated with the theft of a Veteran Affairs laptop computer containing personal information on over 26 million current or former members of the U.S. armed services. He said that other personnel actions were also taken. "The acting assistant secretary was let go," Nicholson said, "and the deputy assistant secretary has been let go."
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are frequently asked questions about shredding. Since this is the association's website, we represent many different shredding companies all across the country. Each one may have a different policy on these subjects, but the following are general answers to the common questions which would apply to most if not all members of the association.
Do I need to remove staples and paper clips?
No, you can leave small metal items in the paper and the shredder will shred it too. However, please remove binder clips and larger pieces of metal.
What types of material do you shred?
All members shred all types of papers. Some members can destroy other materials too, such as electronics, plastics and other goods. If you need other material shredded, please call the member in your area.
What size of jobs do you complete?
We complete jobs as small as a couple boxes to jobs as large as a 1,000 boxes. Call us and tell us what you need shredded.
Who pays for the locked containers or bins you place in our facility?
If you are a regularly scheduled shredding customer, the bins are placed free of charge.
Do I need to sign a contract?
You can call us whenever you have sufficient volume of material to be shredded. We will work on an on-call basis. However, if you know when you want us to come by periodically, we can set you up on a regular schedule such as monthly, weekly, bi-weekly, etc.
Where is the material shredded?
There are two types of service. Some shredding companies bring a shredding truck to your facility to shred the material right there in front of you. Others load the material to be shredded into a secure and locked truck and take it back to the home facility to be shredded by a stationary shredders. They are pretty much equal in security.