Don't make your sensitive data easy to obtain!
Sensitive information of both a personal and business nature, such as financial information or stratigic details, should be disposed of securely. Even now, large organisations throw out confidential documents without thinking of the potential consequences should the files end up in the wrong hands. What's more, since the Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, companies are obliged to destroy hard copies of information on individuals that could put that person at risk should the information become public knowledge.
For this reason alone, it is advisable to invest in a small office shredder to ensure that confidential information is securely destroyed.
Business documents that should be shredded include:
- Personnel - Salary details, personal data, restructuring plans, pension records, banking details.
- Sales and Marketing - Sales forecasts, customer data, competitor information, new product development.
- Production - New tooling, drawings, costing, work schedules.
- Reception - Visitor information, staff movements.
- Photocopier/Printer/Fax - surplus or simply forgotten sensitive documents should be shredded to decrease a security risk.
Personal documents that should be shredded include:
- Financial - Bank statements, phone bills, utility bills.
- Personal - Letters, any correspondance that may contain personal information
It is also a good idea to ensure that old CDs which may contain sensitive information, or credit cards are shredded too. Many shredders offer this functionality. Take a look at our range of credit card shredders and CD shredders.
Have you had a look at our article on Identity Fraud?