How Can a Shredder Help to Improve Business Security?

Since the beginning of the corona virus pandemic, many companies across the UK had to close their doors and make the shift to working from home where possible. Now with a phased return to work likely, a large percentage of UK based organisations are looking to utilise a ‘hybrid’ working model where employees spend a divided amount of time in the office and working remotely or from home.

Where this model provides flexibility to businesses and can reduce costs in other areas, security has presented itself as a major risk factor in utilising this approach. In particular, different industries will require the use of different documents, devices and storage medias both in the office and when working remotely.

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What types of things can present a security risk to my business?

Paper Documents

USB Drives

Credit Cards

CDs/DVDs

  • Paper documents
  • USB drives
  • Credit Cards
  • CDs, DVDs
  • SD Cards
  • Smartphones and SIM cards
  • Floppy Disks

Depending on the item in question and the data or information that it holds depends on how it can be disposed of in line with government regulations and GDPR. This could mean that highly sensitive data needs to be destroyed in a certain way or to a certain specification in order to comply with these rules.

For example, government agencies may be required to shred their paper documents after use to a certain mm specification or a device which is capable of destroying such items to a level 6 P-7 degree.

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Why is security compliance important?

With data security breaches always prevalent in the news, you may also find that companies who fail to comply with regulations and find their data security compromised often incur hefty fines, some of which have been known to be over 20 million dollars or in some cases a percentage of global revenues of that company.

How can a business ensure GDPR and data security compliance when destroying documents and storage devices?

Shredders have come along way from just simply destroying paper documents, so much that now some shredders are capable of destroying all manner of smart devices and storage devices amongst many other. Depending on the level of security you require and the actual need in terms of what you are trying to destroy will determine the type of shredder you will want.

Why is a shredder the best approach to solving this problem?

Multiple approaches can be taken in destroying sensitive data with even some companies offering it as a service to relieve businesses. Owning such equipment capable of carrying this process out can provide far greater benefits in the long and short term.

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  • Provide flexible means of security to those working from home/remotely.
  • Cost effective approach to deploying in multiple locations across office and remote locations.
  • Shredders of different security levels can be provided to employees who require them.
  • Reduce the risk of data loss or breaches.
  • Eliminates need for third part providers.
  • Improve desk and workspace security.
  • Decreased internal data breaches/risks.

Not sure what type of shredder you may require?

We provide a whole range of shredders suitable for all types of use across any given industry. Our shredder range includes every level of security required from small business requirements to large government agencies.

If you would like to know more and see how one of our devices could benefit your business, get in touch or call us on 0800 197 8883 or fill out a contact form below.