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Here’s Why Secure Shredding For Businesses Is So Important

Even if you’re a company that is doing its utmost to go paperless, you’re sure to have documents that require proper disposal at some point or other… and that’s where secure shredding can benefit London businesses greatly.

Unfortunately, we live in a time where data breaches can have far-reaching consequences for companies and, even more unfortunately, we also live in a time where there are nefarious groups of people out there intent on bringing down company operations. This is why it’s so essential to prioritise the appropriate handling of information within a business.

Think about what the financial risk of the loss of your vital assets could be – you’re sure to find your reputation, trust in your brand and even your clients could be at serious risk. And that’s not to mention the fact that with every data breach that takes place you could find yourself faced with huge fines imposed by the industry watchdog, as well as the costs involved with sorting the mess out.

Making use of a confidential waste destruction service can prove particularly useful, not least from an efficiency point of view since having an office shredder is a relatively unproductive way of working. Instead of making your employees destroy their own paperwork and documents, potentially taking hours over it rather than getting on with their work, send the documents out to an external third-party service for them to do all the dirty work for you.

You’ve also got to bear in mind that, even with all the necessary training, your members of staff still may not be fully aware of just what constitutes confidential data so it’s possible that they may discard something by throwing it in the wastepaper basket, when it should have been completely destroyed.

In the days of GDPR, you need to make sure that you’re being fully compliant with all the new rules and regulations, or you may well find you have to fork out for a serious fine because of a data breach… a breach that could easily have been avoided if you’d only taken information destruction more seriously.

Even with all the talk about GDPR in the months before the regulations were brought in, it seems that there are many out there still not doing all they need to in order to remain compliant.

New research from HR solutions provider CIPHR, for example, has found that one-third of HR teams are still not deleting personal information after retention periods expire… yet 87 per cent of those asked said they’re confident that their processes are fully compliant.

If you’d like to find out more about how document shredding in the Watford area could help you and your business, get in touch with the team here at Avena today.

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