A data breach can happen in various ways. For example, the use of technology benefits the productivity and efficiency of an establishment, but it also makes it easier for cyber thieves to find sensitive information from a remote location. The majority of data breaches, however, are a result of physical theft of data storage electronics and paper documents. Sometimes these items are stolen, and sometimes they are obtained from the garbage where they were discarded without being destroyed. Some have taken it upon themselves to manually shred paperwork and wipe old hard drives before throwing them out, but these efforts are usually not enough to eliminate private information.
Notifying Victims of a Data Breach
When a data breach happens, a company is legally obligated to inform those involved, but the way the situation must be handled varies by where the business is located. Many states have passed strict laws regarding how a business must notify all affected clients, customers, or employees of a data breach. It is essential for a company to understand the time frame for informing victims of a data breach, as there are serious financial, legal, and reputational consequences for neglecting to do so. Taking proactive measures to avoid data leaks is the best solution for preserving the integrity of a business.
How to Prevent Data Breaches
Data breaches can be prevented through the use of professional shredding. Cal Micro Recycling offers secure mobile data and document destruction to help customers dispose of confidential information without putting themselves or their clients at risk. A Certificate of Destruction is issued after the documents are cross-shredded or hard drives are thoroughly crushed to prove completion of the service. Depending on their needs, customers have the option to sign up for a one-time shredding appointment or regular sessions.
To schedule mobile shredding services or to find out more about our destruction services, please call Cal Micro Recycling at 909.572.1661.