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When most people think of shredding, they automatically default to paper or document shredding. However, the number of documents being transferred to digital formats takes the concept of shredding to entirely new levels. The technologies that we store critical information is now viewed as a priority for destruction, and as we attempt to transition to a paperless society, and with the addition of state and federal laws regarding protection of proprietary and customer/patient data, every business is being faced with the requirement for both document and digital shredding. To accomplish these tasks on a high security level, organizations are turning to licensed, professional data destruction companies for shredding services.
Why Bloomingdale, IL Shredding Services Are Important
Breaches may be most known as those accomplished by hackers that break into a network, however, criminals will attempt any form of theft to access proprietary and personal information. One of the easiest methods of theft is insecure disposal and re-use of devices that have reached end-of-life and are replaced by newer technologies. Tech savvy criminals can buy these devices on eBay, look for them at nonprofits where they are donated, or buy them at bulk commercial locations where they are sold for parts. Patient, customer, client, and company information is held on these devices when an organization simply assumed that “deleting” would get rid of the data.
Organizations that use their own in-house strip shredders to save money have found that criminals have accessed the strips and re-assembled them to expose sensitive company and personal information.
Best Practices for Data Destruction Companies
When looking for a company that will be responsible for all data destruction there are a few best practices that will be a priority to assure that all documents and devices are being destroyed:
Industries that Require Shredding Services
Any organization that has proprietary information regarding their internal alliances, partnerships, pricing, customer lists, contracts, hiring data, and any sensitive documents and data should be concerned with and act on shredding both paper and devices when they are no longer relevant.
The industries that have been targeted and have suffered the most breaches are:
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The era of shredding documents in-house and then adding them to recycling is long gone. Too many companies have found out the hard way that simple single strip shredding has allowed criminals to reassemble their critical and important organizational and client/patient information so that it can be sold on the dark web, causing company breaches, identity theft, and fines for abusing state and federal laws for data protection. There is a requirement for businesses to take document destruction seriously by hiring licensed and professional document destruction companies such as SHREDDRS, who will guarantee that all documents are shredded to the maximum so that the information can never be used.
Types of Document Destruction
There are various types of document shredders and each one brings specific security needs.
Strip-Cut Shredders: These shredders make use of rotating blades that slice paper into long strips. This was one of the most popular shredder types and is the least secure. While this shredder type is fine for information that does not cross into any level of security, the fact that criminals can reassemble the strips makes this shredder a danger. Strip-cut shredders vary in the size of strips from 1/16”-3/4” wide and from 30-50 parallel strips. Security experts have indicated that the more strips per page, the more effective the shredder. There are some strip-cut shredders that are “continuous” which means that they will continue to shred no matter what the length of the document.
Cross-Cut Shredders: Another name for this type of shredder is “confetti shredder,” and these are popular in home and business environments. The blades on the shredder are specially designed to slice through the paper in different shapes such as small squares or diamonds. This makes any attempt at reassembling extremely difficult. Paper cutting can range from 1/32”-3/8” in width and can produce from 300-900 pieces of paper from a single standard A4 document size. Beyond creating tiny pieces of paper, the results are more compact.
Micro-Cut Shredders: These are one of the most secure forms of document shredding and is typically used in high security environments. The micro-cut shredders are designed to cut paper into tiny particles that can reduce a page to 12,000 pieces. The cutting blades cut both width and length to such a small degree that they could never be reassembled, and they compact so that the results take up less space.
Disintegrators: This type of shredder is a heavy-duty style, with multiple blades designed to shred high volumes of documents. The resulting shredded size is so small that it can pass through a mesh or sizing screen and is totally obliterated. There are two blades mounted into fixed positions, so they capture the document in the same way and the other 2-5 blades rotate at different sizes and angles to continue to cut the paper. While designed to handle large capacities, they may heat up for long-term, continuous use.
Hammermills: Very similar to disintegrators, this type of shredder is a heavy-duty style. Designed for large scale shredding, they have rotating hammers that pulverize the document and pound the results through a sizing screen to make sure that the pieces are completely destroyed and turned into dust. Some hammermills achieve their shredding goals with knife blades, blunt edges of a combination of both technologies.
Industrial Shredders: These shredders are a kind of all in one, created to shred multiple types of materials including paper, corrugated boxes, beverage containers, and plastics. These are large, high-tech devices that require special voltage lines. The design is such that the machinery can operate with little or no human intervention. Industrial shredders are used to create more eco-friendly results.
Pierce and Tear Shredders: This type of shredder is high security and is designed to perform in more industrial applications. The process first punches holes in the material and then tears the material apart within the shredder so that it achieves destruction. The pierce and tear shredders can accommodate a variety of materials including documents and cardboard.
Bloomingdale is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, approximately 25 miles west of Chicago. Bloomingdale is located at 41°56′58″N 88°4′57″W. Bloomingdale has a total area of 7.04 square miles, of which 6.78 square miles is land and 0.26 square miles is water.
Bloomingdale is one of the earliest villages settled in what is now DuPage County. The Puzia family settled here in 1833, and by the end of the following year, 12 to 15 families had settled in the locality. It was originally named Meacham’s Grove. The community was served by the Chicago-Galena Highway, modern day Lake Street. It became an important stop for stage coaches and westward travelers. Originally a Cook County settlement, it was annexed by DuPage County in 1839.