In today’s highly competitive markets, managing risk is critical to the success of a business. One data breach can destroy a company due to lost consumer confidence, and employees are left to consider how much of their own personal identifying information has been compromised. You should always choose a reputable and efficient document and hard drive information destruction service provider to guarantee the safe destruction of business and personal documentation.
Documents that should always be shredded
The key to protecting your employee, customer, and business information is to know which types of documents should take priority when it comes to shredding. Any information contained on paper or hard drive that includes names with addresses, social security numbers and birthdates, or financial information like bank account or credit card numbers should be the first to be shredded.
Most companies are surprised to discover how much of this type of information is thrown into the trash or an unsecure recycle bin. Consider the following documents that can leave a paper trail for possible identity or financial data theft:
- medical records
- ID cards, passports
- airline tickets
- business or marriage license
- loan documents
- house deeds or mortgage records
- vehicle titles or insurance papers
- wills and/or power of attorney
Next, you will want to decide which types of papers can be shredded using your in-office shredding machine, versus an industrial shredding truck. These trucks arrive at your location on a pre-determined schedule or as needed to destroy business, financial, legal, medical, and personal documentation, on any medium including printer paper, cardstock, cardboard, corrugated paperboard, photographic paper, and more. When using a NAID AAA and ISO 9001 certified shredding company you will achieve legal compliance by receiving a certificate of destruction documenting the legal chain of custody of the data.