What are the different Shredding Security Levels?
As a compliant and capable shredding provider, the team at PROSHRED® Seattle follows the guidelines that the German Institute of Standardization has set for shredding levels. These DIN levels (the acronym coming from the original German name of the institute) have many tiers to them, with each specifying a certain protocol for security. The DIN 32757 illustrates what should be the standard for paper, and breaks down the types of security for certain documents into seven levels; we’ll discuss the main three here.
Strip Cut: Level P-2
This type of paper shredding encompasses what many store-bought shredders are capable of, where the shredding equipment creates paper strips that are around 7/32” wide and as long as the document that is being shred. With this level of security, an 8.5” X 11” sheet of paper would be shredded into 39 particles or strips, which can then be disposed of through recycling or another preferred waste facility. This basic shred is suitable for general documents that don’t contain sensitive information, as the shredded information can still be recovered by anyone with the patience to piece the paper strips back together.
Cross-Cut: Level P-3
This type of document destruction is carried out by a high-quality shredder or a mobile shred truck. Cross-cut shredders create a shred size that is incredibly difficult to re-assemble. Shreds at a Level P-3 mean an 8.5” X 11” sheet of paper would be shredded into 195+ particles. This shred level is most commonly used by PROSHRED® Seattle and is suitable for sensitive business and financial information.
Cross-Cut: Level P-4
A Level P-4 shred is even more secure. A DIN P-4 shred size means that an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper would be shredded into 390+ particles. This is the smallest shred size that can be achieved with a cross-cut shredder, and is preferred by government agencies for its highly sensitive material. This shred level is available from PROSHRED® Seattle on request.
Do you need high security shredding?
PROSHRED® Seattle owns state-of-the-art shredding equipment that can shred high security items up to Level P-4. If you’re not sure whether your current paper disposal methods are sufficient, call PROSHRED® Seattle. We can develop a customized shred plan that meets your needs and budget.
For high security shredding you can count on, choose PROSHRED® Seattle. Contact us today to learn more: 1-206-258-2900