In 2019, a data breach involving social media profiles created the single largest data breach from a single source in history. A public unsecured server was discovered that held 4 billion, yes 4,000,000,000,000 (that’s a lot of zeroes) records containing personal and financial information for social media users like Facebook and LinkedIn members. Also in 2019, Canva, a web design program, experienced a data breach that affected 139 million people that included names, email accounts, and home addresses.
from 44 different companies.
These are just a couple of the data breaches that occurred in 2019 alone. In the united states, there were approximately 1,473 data breaches, and that is just what were discovered and reported. Smaller businesses are at higher risk. Large companies like Facebook, and Capital One have extremely vigilant sects for security, and even those have experienced massive data breaches. Smaller businesses experience data breaches through incorrect data storage handling. Upgrading an office and throwing out old computers is not just that simple, it requires certifiable data destruction services provided by technology professionals to completely ensure that hidden data isn’t remaining in the devices.
Technology is found in every nook and cranny of every business in the world. Cell phones, laptops, computers, and server systems used in larger industries store and handle personal information, financial information and medical information for just about every person born in the last couple hundred years. The same is true for every company in the world. Commercial data breaches can end in hundreds if not thousands of credit card holders and more to be put at risk of identity theft, financial theft, ransomware, and more.
Healthcare in the United States is the single most hard-hit industry in the world.
It can take months to identify the cause of a data breach and its full effects. Financial losses, HIPAA compliance breaches, and an organizations operation can experience a devastating halt due to a leak in privacy.
Certified data destruction services are crucial to a wide variety of industries that handle medical information, financial information and more for their clients. Improperly handled computers, hard drives, and shared servers can cripple a company and the individuals affected. Because of this, HIPAA compliance is required by law, and HIPAA violations due to negligence lead to fines up to $50,000 (again, a lot of zeroes!) PER violation, meaning per singular data record leaked.
We offer proper data destruction services which includes permanently and completely destroying data.
It destroys the data within the hard drives of a computer system of any kind using high grade technology that can not be undone. Extremely specific guidelines are followed, ensuring the impossibility of remaining data. Our services can destroy IT assets on site, preventing the possibility of theft.
Deguassing is one of many techniques available to permanently destroy data on an IT device. It completed disabled any kind of device that operates utilizing magnetic components including traditional hard drives we see today in laptops, desktops, databases, and server systems. It is an NSA approved fully effective method that completed and permanently disables the device from being operational and does not allow the possibility of data recovery. Shredding is another common form of data destruction. For undeniable destruction, it is used to completely destroy data storage devices down to shreds as small as 10 millimeters. This is a method used that is proven to be completely effective, making sure that personal information, financial information, and medical information is permanently destroyed.
Deguassing and shredding are the two most common forms of data destruction, completely eliminating data recovery.
Recycle centers and landfill transfer stations often collect and dispose of technology equipment, but if the data within these things are not properly handled, anyone with the right tools and background can make use of the personal information found within.
Proper destruction and disposal of technology equipment isn’t something to take lightly. Many business owners don’t think to take into consideration what old drives can contain. Improper disposal and failure to successfully wipe information can lead to identity theft, detrimental ransomware, and much more when it gets into the wrong hands. There is a black-market industry for this sort of malpractice that is designed to target small businesses that don’t take security seriously. For this purpose, HIPAA compliance is required by medical offices of all kinds.
Retired assets like laptops, computers, servers, drives, and more are fully capable of providing the right information to the wrong people. To learn more about data destruction services, and to find out how Technology Resource Group can provide professional data destruction services for your business, contact us through our website or give us a call for a consultation. We are happy to help identify security weaknesses and protect the technology information of each and every one of our clients.
Give us a call at 864-867-1600