Top 5 Reasons to Shred
Ready to do some spring cleaning? Whether it’s your clients’ or your own sensitive information, destroying confidential information securely is essential. After reviewing your files, separate the information you no longer need from the files you need to retain. Because a data breach can put you and/or your business at risk, you’ll want to be sure this information is destroyed securely. Shredding physical documents is the best way to ensure the protection of private information. Sierra Shred disposes of your confidential records in accordance with state and federal regulations regarding information destruction, including HIPAA, FACTA, GLBA. Sierra Shred offers cost-effective, convenient, and secure shredding services to help your business stay in compliance.
Here are five reasons why shredding sensitive documents should be a top priority:
1. IT’S THE LAW
Under the Data Protection Act, confidential information such as medical records, salary details, and personal address details have to be disposed of correctly. These documents should be shredded before being thrown out to ensure data remains confidential.
2. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT
Criminals can sort through trash to find personal information for the purposes of identity theft. Applying for fraudulent credit cards and loan accounts can be easily done with information not disposed of securely.
3. GET RID OF UNNECESSARY STORAGE
Have old paperwork but not sure how to properly dispose of it? Paper can take up lots of space in filing cabinets, stacked in cubicles, or boxed in storage closets. By shredding unneeded paperwork, space can be freed up and your office can be more organized. You may even save money on off-site storage costs!
4. ENCOURAGE CLIENT TRUST
By shredding documents and making your clients aware their information is disposed of securely, businesses allow their customers to feel confident their personal data is being handled with discretion and respect.
5. KEEP A POSITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Managers have access to confidential employee documents such as wage reviews, disciplinary information, and salary scales. Shredding employee information helps ensure unnecessary drama doesn’t result from confidential information becoming common knowledge among staff members.