8 Rules To Ensure Data Protection In Your Business

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8 Important Rules To Help Ensure Data Protection

“You must…

  1. Obtain and process information fairly
  2. Keep it only for one or more specified, explicit and lawful purposes
  3. Use and disclose it only in ways compatible with these purposes
  4. Keep it safe and secure
  5. Keep it accurate, complete and up-to-date
  6. Ensure that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive
  7. Retain it for no longer than is necessary for the purpose or purposes
  8. Give a copy of his/her personal data to an individual, on request”

“According to the results of our National Data Protection Survey – more than half of Irish companies say that they have suffered a data breach in the last 12 months.

The results also show that data breaches, hacking attacks and employee negligence have all risen in the last year in Irish organisations.

  • One in three Irish companies have no corporate data breach policy and almost half are poorly trained for data breaches.
  • Only two in five Irish firms have any internal sanctions for non-compliance with data protection rules.
  • Most Irish companies have no guidelines on transferring data outside the country.

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The survey has shown that Irish companies’ biggest threat continues to be “negligent employees”, with one in five singling out inept staff as the biggest issue they face in keeping sensitive data secure.

14% claimed hackers are the second biggest threat, while 12% said that staff losing unsecured phones, laptops or USB keys would be the third biggest threat.

Two out of three companies claimed to have implemented data breach policies in some or all aspects of their business even though one third of employees say they are not adequately familiar with them.

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Data Protection training and awareness programs are the best way to improve the acknowledgement of best practice in the area.

To ensure your organisation doesn’t fall victim to a data breach, ensure your staff are trained on the subject.”

For more information on Data Security and data protection, email on of our staff at:

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Looking For On Site Document Shredding In Limerick Or Galway

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Running and maintaining a business requires content and data. this is displayed through paper and digital data. Ensuring data confidentiality is paramount to business success. Shredding or destroying your documents is one method of data destruction.

Not Just Any Aul Shredder

Shredding documents does improve data security. A simple office shredder shreds paper but this can be reconstructed. Industrial paper shredding specialists are available to handle all your data destruction needs.

Reputable document destruction companies operate within data protection laws and the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC.) A reputable paper destruction will shred all your documents to a level beyond reconstruction. A Din 66399 Standard is used by shredding companies and ensure a high level of quality shredding.

What Is Din 66399

At Security in Shredding we are experts in the Data Destruction Industry and we are happy to explain the new DIN 66399 shredding standard to our clients as their knowledge on it and the benefits from it is limited.

The modern DIN 66399 replaces the DIN 32757 and for the first time divides data destruction into three separate protection classes and seven security levels in total.

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Call Us & We Will come To You

Any and all paper data can be shredded and destroy your documents confidentially and securely with our specialised trucks. Our On site Shredding is available for scheduled services or on call service. We regularly operate throughout Ireland and in Limerick and Galway regions.

  • We provide lockable bins and our trained staff will handle these bins from your premises to the truck.
  • The secure receptacle is automatically lifted by our mobile shredding technology and is constantly under surveillance and watched through our on-board monitor.
  • Our mobile shredding unit destroys the client’s material on site at their premises.

Our specialised trucks can handle 1 X 240 Litre receptacle per minute. This will require minimal amount of time to shred your documents providing an efficient and excellent service. The service is also environmentally friendly.

What Can We Shred?

Clients will ask us what can be shredded? there are a number of documents and document types that can be easily shredded by us. “Lever arch files,” “older files,” and or “archive files” are often asked if they can be shredded. They can be shredded.

We have a list of recommended documents to shred, view our what to shred list  of recommended documents to destroy.

For more information on our services please visit our site or email us an enquiry at: info@securityinshredding.com

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Confidential Paper Shredding In Limerick & Galway

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Why Should I Shred My Paper Documents?

Does your business or organisation use paper on a daily basis? Does this paper contain data of personal details? These are simple questions but if answered yes then you are required by law (both Irish and EU law) to ensure that your sensitive data is destroyed correctly.

If a data breach occurs, it will be your business or organisation that suffers with a hefty penalty or fine for the breach. Your current shredding company may not be liable for the breach. Ultimately it comes down to you to protect your data.

More than just a fine but the representation loss from a data breach can result in a severe loss of business if customers have no confidence with how their details are maintained in a secure manner.

How Do I Choose a Confidential Paper Shredding Company?

Any reputable shredding company will comply with Irish and EU data protection laws. Choose a shredding company that has Din 66399 Standard which is an EU directive and is used by Security in Shredding trucks when on site shredding paper documents.

A confidential shredding company that provides a Din level 6 shred, will destroy documents beyond recognition. Avoid using generic office shredders as they do NOT provide adequate data destruction. The paper shredded can be restored which is a huge data breach risk if continued.

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Choose A Paper Shredding Company Right For You

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When choosing your paper shredding company you have options to what service you desire. At Security in shredding we offer On Site Shredding in your premises. With this service we can provide lockable bins and our trained staff will handle and destroy your paper documents on site with our specialised truck.

This service can be done on a scheduled basis or an on call basis. We also provide clear out shredding (purge clear out) for large scale document shredding to remove clutter or unwanted documents from your office.

Off Site Shredding

If On Site shredding does not appeal or work for you then Off Site Shredding services are also available. This consists of bag collection service. Your paper to be shredded will be stored in lockable sealed bags which are provided by us. Collected by our trained staff and put into our secure vans and shredded at our location.

Once shredding has being completed, we provide you with a certificate of completion ensuring the paper shredding process has being completed. Giving you piece of mind that your paper documents were destroyed confidentially.

Shredding Limerick & Shredding Galway

For any and all your confidential shredding needs in the Limerick and Galway areas. Security In shredding offers a top quality and secure service. We comply by the Irish and EU laws and practices, to ensure that your data is protected when paper is being shredded.

For more information on our confidential shredding Limerick and confidential shredding Galway email us at: info@securityinshredding.com 

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Putting Costs Over Protection Does More Harm Than Good

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Data protection and your data protection strategy is ultimately down to you and your team to install and maintain. A confidential shredding specialist will help you with your data protection and destruction methods.

How your documents are handled and accessed must be established and in a format that is acceptable to your business or organisations practices.

A recent report from the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC Annual Report 2015) Ms Dixon says despite claims to the contrary, there is no inherent conflict between her office being able to hear complaints from individuals on the one hand and provide guidance to organisations who may perhaps be infringing people’s rights on the other.

Helen Dixon also said her office does not have the resources to replace the requirement for organisations to procure their own expert advice and build their own capacity when it comes to being data protection compliant

 

Digital Data just as vulnerable as Paper data

2015 saw email queries to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner rise by 6% to 14,427, with an additional 16,713 phone enquiries and 885 postal requests for information.

In total, 932 complaints were opened, down 28 on 2014.

A record number of decisions under the data protection acts were made by Ms Dixon’s office , with CCTV in the workplace, direct marketing by SMS, spam emails and banks failing to keep personal contact information up to date the main problem for complainants.

62% of complaints focused on the right of people to access personal data held by others about them, with 11% centred on electronic direct marketing.

23 complaints were received from individuals who were unhappy at search engines’ refusal to delete search results about them under the “Right to be Forgotten” principle, nine fewer than in 2014.

The commission was also notified of 2,317 valid data security breaches in 2015, and increase of 129 year-on-year, with over half being unauthorised disclosures like postal and electronic communications.

Out Source Your Data Destruction

The article contains further details link is above. Protecting your data can be done with a few simple steps and a little bit of know how. Fore more information on data protection methods and confidential shredding, please visit our site.

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8 Interesting Facts, You Must Know About Data Destruction

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Protecting your confidential data comes in many forms. Confidential shredding is one form of data protection for businesses in Limerick and or Galway.

Maybe the business of shredding services won’t appeal to everyone. But if you ask the number of companies availing of paper shredding limerick, you would be seriously surprised by knowing the benefits and the business profits they are making from utilising a professional data shredding service.

Well, as I will explain to you, shredding companies destruct the information from company’s paper & electronic waste and recycle the same for their re usability in making newspaper, egg cartons and kitchen roll. After running some R&D, I have gathered some of the interesting facts you must know about shredding.

  • When 1 ton of paper waste is recycled, it actually saves 17 trees, 7000 Gallons of water and 4000 KW of energy. Also must be mentioned the land they accommodate to do so. The 17 trees are enough to consume 250 lbs of CO Way to Go!!

 

  • In 1988, when US top court quoted that any personal waste once thrown in the public bins will be under government authorities. Home shredding machines took a steep growth in sales.

 

  • Want to be one of the confidential shredding specialists? Well, to destruct anything you need to be certified to do so in line with European and Irish Standards. Simply providing a certificate of destruction is no longer good enough as any Company can simply construct a cert of destruction.

 

  • Some of the advanced machines are capable converting your A4 size paper into 100s of tiny pieces up to a minimum size of 3mm!! Within The EN 15713 shredding standard there are shred sizes, the most professional and secure shredding providers can offer various shred sizes from No. 1 right up to No. 8.

 

  • In 1979, The US embassy was attacked by some Iranian revolutionaries in order to retrieve their identity documents. As the documents were shredded in strips only, it was easy to retrieve info from them. These urged the need of cross cut shredders and were developed instantly after.

 

  • With the rise in technology, standard cross cut shredders can be reconstructed, it is advised that Shred Size No. 6 (320 mm squared particles) is the ideal shred for security and beyond reconstruction.

 

  • Last but not the least; Abbot Augustus Lowe founded the first ever shredding machine in 1909. Though it wasn’t massive, the latest of our shredders work on the derived principles of that machine.

Thought provoking info for Confidential Shredding Specialists and Paper Shredding Service users. For more information on our confidential shredding service, please email us at : info@securityinshredding.com

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Mobile Devices – Dangers & Destruction Method

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At Security In Shredding protecting your data is essential for businesses and organisations to succeed. Our On Site shredding services are available throughout the Limerick and Galway regions.

It is perceived that one’s personal information held on Smart Technology Devices (wireless technology) is deleted when being sold or sent for recycling, but in fact sensitive data for example your banking details, passwords, contact information and much more are stored on hand held devices and when such information is not removed effectively it will end up in the hands of the end user.

Even though you take careful precautions regarding deleting information on PC’s or laptops, many neglect to implement these precautions with their hand held devices.With this in mind the percentage of the international population using Smart technologies is continuously increasing.

More Smartphones Than People Today

The increase in the use of Smartphones coupled with the lack of user knowledge in relation to Data Protection has made them attractive targets for attackers to obtain by means of second-hand sales via internet sites and recycled phones etc. The number in addition to the sophistication of the attacks made on mobile devices are increasing and measures to counteract these attacks are slow to catch up.

Smart technologies have not kept up in the security technology pace as with other traditional computer security. There are little or no firewalls, antivirus etc. available for the user to use to increase privacy controls. A huge percentage of Smart technology users, use social networking sites and upload a wealth of personal information on such sites. As stated in my previous posts, “Data is worth money in today’s environment”.

“A recent study by life assistance company CPP found that 54% of second-hand phones contained personal data. During the research it purchased 35 mobiles and found personal information such as text messages, emails and even bank details on 19 of them. In addition, 50 SIM cards were purchased, with 27 containing similar information, and this is despite 81% of users claiming that they delete all personal data.”

Bullguard Article on Smart Technologies

It is imperative that everybody understands the dangers associated with assuming ones personal data is removed from his/her device. The only way one has true and complete piece of mind is to shred the device. There are many services available to the public in relation to Professional Data Destruction, and Knowledge is Key to your personal data security.

If you have any queries regarding Data Protection, please do not hesitate to contact Security In Shredding as we are more than happy to provide free expert advise.

Email us at: info@securityinshredding.com

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Limerick & Galway Businesses The BYOD Risks & Gains

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A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy has a number of benefits for your business or organisation. Businesses in Limerick & Galway along with a confidential shredding policy. Electronic devices have security features enabled as standard and having staff use their own devices can be a cost effective method for day to day business.

People will tend to look after their own devices better. While this is another benefit there are risks involved and it is worth knowing the risks involved if you decide to incorporate such a policy.

Ownership

Many of these issues arise because of the main characteristic of BYOD that the employee owns and to some extent maintains and supports the device. As a result, the you will have much less control over the device in comparison to a device owned by your business.

An employer will need to address these BYOD issues before enabling employees to bring their own devices to work. These issues include, for example, ensuring that work data will not be merged with an employee’s personal data, that non-employees, such as family members who use the device, do not access work data and, for example, what happens when an employee loses a device or resigns.

In seeking to implement a BYOD solution it is important to identify business objectives and benefits as well as taking into account security, audit and data protection requirements. Department heads such as IT, HR and managers should develop a BYOD policy covering security issues and terms of use.

For more information on data protection and guidance on digital data protection visit the Data Protection Commissioner site for a detailed guide.

BYOD business policy

If your business decides to use a BYOD policy, then informing your employees of the separation of data between business and personal data.

Data security is a prime concern for employers and importantly BYOD should not introduce vulnerabilities into existing secure environments.

Employers should also consider the use of a sandbox or ring-fencing of data, such as by keeping data contained within a specific app, as well as ensuring that, if the device is lost, the data on it is kept confidential and retained via a backup facility.

In terms of legal risk, losing employee or client data could result in the company breaching the Data Protection Act which could leave the company vulnerable to legal claims brought by the employee or client in question or a fine imposed by the DPC.

To address the data protection and security breach risks, the DPC guidance recommends companies consider the following:

  • Which type of corporate data can be processed on personal devices
  • How to encrypt and secure access to the corporate data
  • How the corporate data should be stored on the personal devices
  • How and when the corporate data should be deleted from the personal devices
  • How the data should be transferred from the personal device to the company servers

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The DPC also recommends installing antivirus software on personal devices, providing technical support to the employees on their personal devices when they are used for business purposes and having in place a “BYOD Acceptable Use Policy” providing guidance to users on how they can use their own devices to process corporate and personal data. It should also be clear to employees that they can only process corporate personal data for corporate purposes.

The DPC also highlights the BYOD risks associated with increased monitoring at work by the technical measures that the company could put in place in order to ensure the security of the company data processed by the employees on their personal devices.

Ensuring fail safes are in place, in the unlikely event of theft or loss. Enabling geo-location, remote access, two step verification. A reputable anti-virus software can provide for such an event. Remembering prevention is better than cure.

Confidential Shredding Limerick & Galway

At Security In Shredding, data protection is paramount to our day to day operation. Confidential shredding services regularly destroy any and all unwanted documents your business may have accumulated.

Ensuring that data security is being maintained is important for you and for our us. For more information on our shredding services you can,

Email us at: info@securityinshredding.com

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Fight Identity Theft With The Help Of Confidential Shredding Specialists

Paper Shredding, Secure DestructionConfidential Shredding in Limerick & Galway is one way of ensuring, a person’s identity is of serious security among the working class because it is responsible for significantly important aspects of people’s lives. Due to modernisation, social media sites are becoming main sources for displaying information. But other than that, documents are one of the most rampant modes of identity display to malicious people and it may be disclosed to a third party causing you business harms.

The only solution to get rid of this problem is to destroy these documents if they are no longer in use of concerned authorities. Although there are many ways to destroy these documents but the best way is document destruction from confidential shredding specialists. Other than that, these two amazing tips are definitely going to help you in winning the fight against identity theft.

  • Ensure that you have hired a certified company to shred your important documents

Most of the entrepreneurs and corporate people have to deal with large volumes of documents. Hence, it’s recommended that they must hire shredder for the secure handling of sensitive documents that are no longer required for use. In order to ensure maximum security, it is better to hire a destruction company that is certified and works with compliance of all national standards for secure destruction. The only reason behind this fact is that the approved shredding companies are recognised for their genuine, professional and compliant work for their clients through their confidential destruction services.

  • For extremely sensitive documents, on-site shredding is suggested

The way from where identity crime starts is personal documents and data. It’s not obligatory that identity would be physical only; it can be in the form of a signature also. Your signature is embraced on various papers such as property documents, wills, shares, bank forms, medical claim documents, etc. and a breach can copy your signature which may empty your pockets. Due to this reason, it’s very significant to always be alert on how to handle such documents that are no longer required in order to stay away from such cases.

  • Select a technically configured destruction service

About the shredding service, every individual has the same perspective that it should be a time confined service provider. Once called, they should arrive at their location within the promised time. With a remarkable response time, security in shredding provides mobile services and are confidential shredding specialists that enables you to verify your data destruction process with the help of on-board monitor screen showing the destruction.

 

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Why Outsource The Shredding Of Documents?

 

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Are you an Entrepreneur in Galway or Limerick?, confidential shredding is available for confidential on site shredding.

have you ever wondered how paper shredding can save you from company data breaches while justifying the cost for such a shredding service, your approach of secure data paper shredding towards confidential shredding through a professional accredited service vendor which can only save your company from breaching sensitive data? What does the ‘confidential’ mean in paper destruction?

It signifies security in shredding, destruct the data and documents under secure atmospheres and completed by security screened paper shredding personnel. Buying your own in-house shredding machines can never destroy your private papers and data completely and securely with efficiency and accountability.

 

The following are some internal costs an individual can eliminate if he/she outsources the shredding from professional paper shredders

  • Payroll cost of the employee for the time spent feeding the office shredding machine
  • Data Protection Training fees for employees in charge of data destruction
  • Manual Handling Training fees for employees in charge of data destruction
  • Acquiring cost of high-level shredding machine is not probable to manage for a middle-class business entrepreneur
  • Recycling fee for material to be recycled and receive certification of compliance
  • Time spent in removing the paper clips and staples to shred in paper shredding machines
  • Regular maintenance cost of office paper shredding machine
  • Extra cleanup time, as paper shredding machine generates dust on shred
  • Extra cost of disposing of the large volume of shredded documents
  • Who decides what is to be destroyed and not destroyed?.

It may be probable to purchase a small and lower PPM (pages per minute) shredding machine which may lead to the loss of an employee’s working day from what you have hired him/her for and evenly that document shredding machine can never provide and transparent clear audit trail.

What about unused data that have been left on electronic media (USB or hard drive, CDs, DVDs, etc.)? Sometimes, an entrepreneur may buy a small destruction machine for document shredding and/or drill a hole through the Hard Drive. The methods above are not appropriate for secure data destruction from electronic devices as the data remains on the device.

An appropriate method for the secure destruction is to avail of a confidential shredding Galway & Limerick which ensures compliance.

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7 Wi-fi Security Improvements To Aid Data Protection

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Data protection comes in many forms. While our confidential shredding in Limerick & Galway regularly operate a highly secure paper destruction service. It is however, hugely important to protect all forms of data both physical and digital.

Wi-fi networks both public and private networks (more so with public) have greater potential of data breaches or hacks. These hacks could be harmful to your device and also gain access to private or secure files.

Below is a list of steps to improve your Wi-fi data security:

 

1. Change The Default Name Of The Wireless Network

Hackers will prey on human error to gain access to networks. A router received from your internet provider will run on default settings. If these settings are not changed, hackers will use this to gain access to networks.

In case the SSID is not modified, a hacker has a better chance of breaking into a network, simply by knowing the manufacturer of the router. Use this guide to make the necessary changes.

Ideally change the name to something unique and NOT to use your own and or company name as the new network name.

 

2. Password Length = Strength

Again if using default settings on the router the default password can be gained if hackers know the default name.

When choosing a password, it is recommended that the password length is:

  • 15 – 20 characters
  • Contain Numbers
  • Contain Upper Case
  • Contain Special Characters

Avoid using “123456” and or “password” which is used more often than not. A random sequence of letters, numbers and characters is secure but harder to remember. If the password is unique and not repeated and contains the criteria mentioned, It will improve the password security.

Use this Wiki guide to setup a strong password for your network.

 

3. Enabling Network Encryption

There are a few popular encryption options for wireless networks, like WEP, WPA and WPA2. The latter form of encryption – WPA2 – is preferred for its improved security and especially if you have a home network.

The option to encrypt traffic is useful if you need to make your communication signals unusable for any unauthorised third party software.

 

4. Power Off When Not In Use

This option is useful especially when leaving home for extended periods of time, for holiday leave or for a few days.

This security measure, besides helping you to reduce power consumption, it will surely stop any hackers that could “listen” to your network’s traffic or might try to access it for malicious purposes.

 

5. Where The Router Is Stored Physically

Storing the router in a central location of the house or office will ensure even spread of connection and limits the hackers access to the wireless network.

For this reason, don’t place it too close to a window, from where the signal can be easily accessed from outside, even at some distance, and you may also follow our fourth rule to disable the router when leaving your home.

 

6. Administrator Default Settings

To set up your wireless router, usually you need to access an online platform or web page, where you can make modifications to your network settings.

As everybody knows, it is something normal to find a router with default credentials such as “admin” and “password”. And these default login credentials are not so difficult to break by a hacker.

Most changes we do on an online platform are things like setting a strong password for the wireless network or changing the network’s name, both changes being made to ensure a greater level of protection from online criminals’ malicious actions.

 

7. Update Router Software Regularly

Your router like any software device should be maintained and updated regularly.

The problem is that most routers don’t have the option to install the latest security updates and from time to time you need to check the official website for security fixes.

We must not forget that some of the worst security breaches came from security holes in unpatched programs and operating systems.

For more information on data protection and the laws governing them. The DPC has guidelines for your data security needs; Data Protection Commissioner Guidelines

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email us at: info@securityinshredding.com

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