Like a number of other businesses, your company has joined the bring your own device (BYOD) bandwagon. While a savvy business tactic, data security has become a top priority.
Although the risk of a data breach cannot be completely erased, Business 2 Community provides business owners a pathway to sound mind when it comes to protecting their company’s sensitive data. Here are some steps to designing an ideal data destruction policy:
1. Detect possible outlets of data breach
The BYOD era has allowed the possible sources of a data breach to reach an all time high. Employees misplace laptops that are harboring sensitive company data or there’s the possibility hackers have infiltrated a network to gain access to the data.
2. Select a data destruction method
When your company decides to send old equipment out to be recycled or remarketed by a certified ITAD organization, choosing a proper data destruction method is crucial. If your company partners with an organization that does not comply with environmental regulations for recycling e-waste, you’re held liable as well. By partnering with an R2 certified recycler, your company can avoid costly fines and diminished customer confidence from incomplete data destruction.
3. Consider a NAID AAA certified organization
Partnering with a National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) AAA certified vendor might be the most significant step your company can take to in data security. An electronics recycler that is AAA certified from NAID demonstrates the vendor has undergone an in depth auditing process and has shown its facilities, employees and data destruction practices meet the highest standards set forth.
4. Incorporate data destruction into your complete ITAD plan
Integrating a proper data destruction method into your complete ITAD plan should be a step by step process for the most secure outcome. Everyone in your business should be aware of proper ITAD procedures so nothing slips through the cracks. Data destruction should be an integral part of this procedure.
By taking these steps, your company can avoid risking not only your own data security but your customer’s as well. Without a secure and reliable outlet for data destruction, devices containing sensitive company information could easily get out of your control.