Selective Shredding or Shred Everything?
Most of us recognise that keeping data secure is imperative for business integrity.
Shredding paper documents, hard drives, IT equipment, uniforms and products are just some of the ways you can protect your company data. But how do you know what to shred? Shred everything or selective shredding?
The key to knowing what to shred
It could be risky for your business if staff are unaware of what pieces of information to shred. As a rule, you should shred anything outdated containing
- Company financial information
- Annual reports
- Customers personal details
- HR Documents and staff personal details
- Notes containing phone numbers or messages
- Printed company emails
- Company bank statements
- Paper copies of expenses and receipts
- Tax records
Why shred everything?
Many workplaces adopt a ‘shred everything’ rule simply to avoid a data breach. The risk of an employee not disposing a document that could compromise the company is too big. With GDPR stating that a data breach that could result in a fine of up to 4% of turnover then they would rather not take that risk.
What about recycling?
Many businesses do not realise that they can use their shredding service provider as a recycling service. Shredding everything means that 100% of your paper is recycled. This makes it easy for everyone in your workplace to follow the rules and and better for the environment than discarding with the general waste.
Other confidential items
Not just limited to paper, your hard drives, IT equipment, mobile devices and uniforms should all be shredded to ensure that they are not used fraudulently. Your shredding provider will be able to take these items away and shred them securely. All materials that can be recycled are taken away to create new products. Shredding is a waste disposal option that is also eco friendly.
If you need some help with secure shredding for your business, then give The Shredding Alliance a call for a quote.