Deleted Does Not Mean Destroyed

Today, a majority of business is conducted online or electronically. Bank transactions, payments, applications, emails, etc., are all a part of our normal day to day activities online. This information is stored and recorded on the hard drives of the machines we are using, a treasure trove of information for an identity thief. No problem, just delete the information before …

Small Office Shredder: Friend or Foe

Junk mail, receipts, business paperwork, credit card statements and healthcare information, the list is endless. Bottom line: it’s all paperwork that needs to be shredded. You know better than to discard personal information that could be used to commit identity theft in the garbage, but is tackling it with your small office shredder much better? When will you actually get …

DataShield Helps the Citizens of Wayne with Unwanted Electronics

Saturday, September 24th marked the annual City of Wayne Green Team electronics recycling event with service provided by DataShield. For the fifth year in a row community members drove through and dropped off unwanted electronics. This event and others like it are aimed at keeping e-waste out of landfills through proper disposal. Using a firm like DataShield not only achieves …

Common Myths Regarding Document Destruction

From laws requiring the protection of personal information to company secrets, it has become increasingly important to properly destroy information before discarding it. Yet, there are many myths surrounding document destruction, some of which have significant repercussions. Listed below are ten common myths that may lead some astray when it comes to document destruction. Not all businesses have to shred. …

The Hidden Security Dangers of Your Office Copier Part II

In a previous blog entitled, “The Hidden Security Dangers of Your Office Copier” we discussed the dangers of information stored on office copiers. Since 2002, digital copy machines have been equipped with hard drives that save and store all scanned, faxed, and copied documents. One organization recently discovered this the hard way. Affinity Health Plan, Inc., of New York was …

Electronic Recycling Events

There are many reasons why we should be recycling our old and broken electronics. With e-waste being the United States’ fastest growing waste stream and contributing to over 70% of the hazardous waste in our landfills, it is astonishing that electronics are still only recycled at a rate of approximately 12%. The issue seems to be not that people do …

The Most Overlooked Aspect of Data Security

It just might be one of the most exciting occurrences in the work place, the IT upgrade. Keeping up with technology is difficult, and the promise of enhanced productivity and ease of use is alluring. A rush to upgrade, however, could deliver a devastating blow to your company’s data security. Sensitive Information Protecting sensitive and confidential data is a monumental …

What to Look for in an Electronic Recycler

Electronic waste poses a serious threat to both the environment and the population when disposed of incorrectly.  Electronic waste, or e-waste, represents the fastest growing segment of waste in the industrialized world. Recycling your old electronics helps to keep your home and organization free from the piles of old equipment, helping to create a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment. As …

It is all About Your Written Policies and Procedures

“… It’s really not about patient data security,” Larry Ponemon, founder of the Ponemon Institute, told InformationWeek Healthcare. “Things aren’t getting better – they’re getting worse.” Since the beginning of 2010, Ponemon Institute has seen an increase of over 36% in data security threats to healthcare organizations. “Almost every hospital [surveyed] suffered one data breach, and 45% suffered more than …