In light of the recent ransomware cyber-attack on the NHS, virtual data security is, understandably, a renewed focus for many businesses. But is all of this attention taking our eyes of the still-present risk of physical data security?

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In light of the recent ransomware cyber-attack on the NHS, virtual data security is, understandably, a renewed focus for many businesses. But is all of this attention taking our eyes of the still-present risk of physical data security?

Recent research found that 40% of small and medium business owners perceived online threats as the biggest risk to their organisation in the next 5-10 years.

The loss of physical data that a business stores, whether that’s confidential paper documents or devices like USBs, still poses a serious threat.

Physical & Virtual Risks

Back in 2014, the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report highlighted nine patterns that breaches fell into. Three years later, their 2017 report recognises the same nine patterns, one of which is physical theft and loss.

It also highlighted unintentional, miscellaneous errors factoring into data loss. After all, mistakes happen. Confidential paper documents can sometimes get into the wrong hands or simply be left hanging around for too long.

Luckily, there are a few things businesses can do to minimise these risks.

Training & Policies

Staff need to be aware of the correct process to take for confidential waste disposal.

Policies should be put in place that make it clear how confidential information should be stored, how long it should be kept and how it should be destroyed.

Regular Shredding

Moving from in-house shredding to regularly scheduled shredding services will reduce the risk of mistakes being made. Increasing your ad-hoc shredding to a more regular service could also save you money.

Don’t forget, you can also get rid of virtual data through hard drive destruction, which most secure shredding companies can offer on top of their paper shredding services.

Specialist Confidential Shredding

The best way to minimise risk is to put everything in the hands of a specialist confidential shredding company.

Whether you decide to use on-site shredding or off-site shredding services, an accredited shredder will be able to ensure that all disposals meet relevant legislations.

Check out our handy guide for more tips to keep your business or organisation protected.

If you’d like to find out how our secure shredding services can minimise the risk of a physical data breach, get in touch with one of our team.

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