Five Digitally Vulnerable Areas Your Business May be Overlooking

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Old hard drives

Many discarded or unaccounted for hard drives contain confidential and recoverable information. Confidential data that ends up in the wrong hands can harm the reputation of your company and have serious negative financial consequences. Typical hard drive data removal methods come with many risks because they are time consuming, prone to human error and, in many cases, not compliant with disposal laws. Complete physical destruction is the best way to protect this sensitive data. Use an on-site hard drive destruction service that safely and efficiently destroys computer hard drives through a compliant recycling process, eliminating risks of data breaches and helping organizations stay compliant with state and federal disposal laws.

According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute – the pre-eminent research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy – data breaches cost U.S. enterprises an average of $5.4 million per incident in 2012. Cintas Corporation partnered with the Ponemon Institute to identify five digital devices that are overlooked areas in a business and could be subject to a security breach.

"With the growing number of digital devices in today's businesses, it is no longer sufficient to only secure data stored on documents or in computer files," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "Data stored on digital devices such as fax machines and routers must be securely destroyed to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands."

This slideshow features the most commonly overlooked digital devices that could be a point of access for a security breach.


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