Truly securing the data of your company and your customers is vital to business success. In today’s world of identity theft and data thieves, many small companies are not prepared to handle the responsibility they have for sensitive data.
Businesses must understand the importance of providing secure storage for their customers’ data. This is especially important following the disposal of computers and storage hardware. The results of improper data management can be catastrophic to a company.
Most small business don’t always have a good data storage plan in place. Some business do not understand the need for formal planning about data security. Others feel that they can protect their data with simple common sense, often being unaware of the sophisticated methods fraudulent people use to retrieve data.
What Kind of Data Needs to Be Secure?
Securing data means understand which pieces of information need to be protected and enacting proper procedures and safeguards to keep this information safe. What type of information is high priority when it comes to data security?
Securing the data of customers should be the number one priority for any business. Without customers, the business would fail. And without data security, the customers will take their business to a competing company.
In many industries, protecting information about new and existing products is also a priority. Competing companies may be looking for a commercial advantage by using stolen data. Innovation is key to surviving in most businesses, and in order to protect its intellectual property, a company needs to pay attention to data security.
Most companies have detailed personal information about employees, such as bank details, addresses, telephone numbers, and employment records. It’s vital to protect this data.
It is important for many companies to protect financial information and other data about the business. If accessible to unauthorized users, this information could harm the business’s reputation or provide impetus for legal action against the company.
Concept can give you the peace of mind of having your data protected when IT equipment needs to be replaced.
We can provide waste audits to assess your data security needs followed by the removal, destruction and recycling of the old IT equipment and storage drives. We use several different methods of hard drive destruction such as shredding and on site destruction. You may also want to consider having your hard drives overwritten. If your equipment uses EPROM or Flash memory we can erase and reprogram the storage devices. The importance of proper data security and management can’t be stressed enough.