Maintaining data security with your work from home employees in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

The unprecedented, unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing thousands of organizations to send their employees home. Luckily, technology allows us to work from anywhere and maintain a relatively normal level of productivity. Still, this new, large-scale work-from-home migration creates several security challenges for individuals and businesses. Many of us are already making concessions and compromises to our …

3 ways to get your employees excited about information security

In this day and age, it’s likely that most if not all of your employees use a computer, smartphone or tablet for work. Unfortunately with these modern conveniences comes considerable risk.  Cybercriminals are excellent at finding ways to obtain confidential information and much of it happens to unsuspecting employees where they spend a great deal of their time—on employer-issued devices. …

Improper Handling of Hard Drives Puts You At Real Risk

Many companies have abandoned paper records for the speed and organization that the digital world offers. Technology has vastly improved efficiency and workflow but has also created new security vulnerabilities for organizations to defend against. When companies upgrade their technology, they inevitably end up with old hard drives containing years’ worth of sensitive data. What happens next is critical in …

Debunking 4 Myths About Document Shredding

The complex world of data security and secure document destruction is certainly not as cut and dry as a shredded piece of paper, but one point should be clear—secure document shredding is a crucial step in your data security program If you’re on the fence about hiring a professional document shredding service or wondering how to make your company more …

Why office shredders aren’t as safe as you think

We hate to break it to you, but your office shredder isn’t cutting it—as far as data security goes. What was once a time-tested and go-to option for effective document destruction may not be as compliant as you think. While an in-office shredder has always been regarded as messy and time-consuming it was largely considered good enough.  But times have …

On-site or plant-based? How to Choose Which One is Right for You.

Document destruction is absolutely essential to your organization’s data security. It keeps your proprietary and sensitive data away from those who could use it against you and it also keeps you compliant.  Selecting the right professional document shredding partner greatly reduces the chance of your important data falling into the wrong hands. This is the first and most critical step.  …

7 ways to keep your data secure when employees work from home

In addition to traditional benefits, more and more employers are offering additional benefits, including the flexibility to work from home, to keep employees engaged. Over the last 10 years, remote working arrangements have increased by 91%. In 2020, over 50% of the US workforce will be working remotely. With great flexibility comes great responsibility—for data security that is. Employees who …

Phishing and email scams to watch out for in 2020

We’re entering a new decade of technological advancements, literacy and expertise with more people than ever working online. However, as society becomes more knowledgeable about technology and computers, scammers are becoming more sophisticated. Online scams and phishing are inherent threats to internet users, but if you know the warning signs, you can protect yourself and your information. Your best defense …

How to make information security an integral part of your company culture

As news stories about the danger and destruction of data breaches appear more frequently, awareness of information security and security threats have grown. While the average person now likely has a basic understanding of the value of data security, that does not mean organizations have followed suit. Security awareness alone will not protect your organization from data breaches and threats. …

The worst—and most preventable—data breaches of 2019

According to Dark Reading, a leading information security news source, 2019 is likely the worst year for cyber-attacks and data breaches in history. In just the first nine months of 2019, over 7.9 billion records were exposed from 5,000 breaches. Almost half of those records were exposed in six giant data breaches. While malicious actors were partly responsible for the …