From the yearly archives: "2014"

Media destruction specialist DiskShred has made further inroads into mainland Europe with the signing of a deal with De Graaf Security to become its appointed Reseller in the Netherlands. This landmark deal will allow De Graaf Security to offer DiskShred’s market leading on-site Hard Drive and Tape shredding services to its extensive customer base throughout the Netherlands.

Further details of the announcement can be found using the following link.



The UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has seen a massive surge in the number of reported data breaches in their latest released figures. The Health sector fared worse with an almost doubling of reported breaches from Q2 to Q4 2013. There were in total 420 separate incidents reported to the ICO in Q4 2013 with reasons varying from human error to non-secure IT asset disposal.

This number is potentially set to rise again with the potential inclusion in the upcoming revised EU Data Protection Framework of a mandatory declaration for all organisations.

A recent survey conducted by PWC on behalf of BIS has highlighted the data security risks facing small businesses; it showed that the number of companies who have experienced a data loss has more than doubled in the last year. The cost per individual incident for a small business can range from £35k to £65k and the total cost to UK businesses has tripled in the last year.
This should serve as a timely reminder for 2014 that data breaches cost businesses substantial sums and indeed can damage the reputation of the company also. Most of these breaches can be avoided by having the correct policies and procedures in place for securing data throughout its life-cycle.

DiskShred is delighted to announce its return to Data Centre World at Excel, London on the 26th and 27th of February. Our team of media destruction experts will be on hand at stand C30 throughout the event to offer advice and guidance on keeping you compliant and penalty free.

When it comes to destroying data, DiskShred is your ideal partner.

The UK NHS Health Boards have seen a massive surge in the volume of data breach incidents in the past five years. This alarming figure was obtained by the Liberal Democrats through a FOI request and serves to underline the severity and sheer volume of data losses within the Health sector.

What’s even more worrying is that in 2009 their were 86 incidents but by 2013 this had risen to 223. This upward trend shows no sign of abating and no doubt 2014 will feature numerous high profile data losses. Commenting on this situation Philip McMichael, Operations Director, at DiskShred advised ” There is no silver bullet to this problem however a robust chain of custody for end-of-life data destruction can help reduce significantly the number and frequency of such incidents.”