Identity theft and unauthorized disclosure of private information has reached epidemic proportions. According to the Better Business Bureau, last year alone this crime claimed more than 8.9 million victims. But information theft is not just something that affects consumers. The FBI estimates that information theft costs American businesses as much as $24 Billion in losses each and every year.
With over 40 federal laws mandating that all businesses, healthcare facilities and financial institutions protect the confidential information of their customers, clients and patients, it’s imperative that you establish a shredding program. Failure to do so can expose your organization to severe fines, bad publicity and lost business.
How To Choose The Right Shredding Company
Don’t Hire Any Shredding Company Until You’ve Asked Them These Ten Revealing Questions
- What type of shredding services do you offer?
- Do you offer proof that you actually perform employee background checks?
- Do you bale shredded paper in your own plant?
- Do you offer an “On Time or We Shred For Free” service guarantee?
- Do you offer “On-Call Shredding”?
- What kind of insurance protection do you provide?
- Can you guarantee that you will never raise your prices?
- Are there any hidden charges?
- Do you offer a Free Annual Bulk Shred to your on-going service customers?
- Will you guarantee that your on-going service will save us at least 40% over the cost of operating our office shredder?
Information Destruction Laws
With identity theft and information fraud at an all-time high, the federal government has enacted over 40 information destruction laws to protect consumers. Here’s a synopsis of the three most significant pieces of consumer information protection legislation:
Information Destruction Options
From On-Site Shredding To Recycling…What You Need To Know About Your Information Destruction OptionsThere are many information disposal options from which you may choose. You can hire a shredding service, purchase an office shredder or simply recycle. The cost of each option varies, as does the level of security.Shedding ServicesShredding companies offer three types of shredding services, on-site and off-site. These services are similar in some respects because your documents and other confidential materials are placed in locked bins and then picked up at your location by a uniformed shredding company driver. Bins are usually provided free of charge and service is scheduled at regular intervals (usually weekly, bi-monthly or monthly).
Don't Let The Office Shredder Put Your Organization At Risk
5 Reasons Why You Should Dump Your Office Shredder And Hire A Shredding Service
6 Shredding Myths
- Only large companies have confidential documents to shred.
- It costs less to use an office shredder than it does to hire a shredding company.
- Using an office shredder is just as secure as using a shredding service.
- An information security breach can’t happen to us.
- The government never enforces fines for mishandling confidential information
- Recycling confidential documents is just as secure as shredding
- What types of shredding services do you offer?
- What is on-site shredding?
- What is plant-based shredding?
- What is off-site shredding?
- With off-site shredding, do you think my documents will be secure?
- How does the shredding process work?
- How often will you service our facility?
- What if I only need a one-time shred?
- What other materials can you destroy besides paper?
- Why should I use a shredding service instead of our office shredder?
- Why can’t I just use a recycler for our expired documents?
- What types of security containers do you provide?
- What can we put in the security containers?
- Do you charge for the security containers?
- How much do you charge for your services?
- Why don’t you charge by the minute, like other shredding companies?
- Do you offer any documentation that our materials were shredded?
- What is NAID?
- Are you a NAID member?
- What is CSDS Certification?