We are excited to announce that our 2017 Secure Shredding Roadshow will begin on Tuesday, April 25th at Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Galway. In running the roadshow, DiskShred will seek to bring its secure on-site shredding service to companies throughout Ireland. One of the company’s bespoke shredding vehicles will be present on the day, offering local Galway businesses the opportunity to securely dispose of their data. DiskShred will shred up to 10 data-bearing items for companies that book a slot free of charge, and companies will be encouraged to donate the equivalent cost to local charity, Galway Simon Community, who provide housing and support services to people facing homelessness in Galway. Read the full story →
DiskShred, the leading on-site IT shredding provider, is investing £430,000 in its shredding service. The investment includes the purchase of a new bespoke shredding vehicle to join its fleet and the cost of running the vehicle for the next three years. Read the full story →
It seems that everyone at the moment is talking about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into force in just over a year; and rightly so with the hefty fines (up to 4% of your annual turnover) that you could suffer if you incur a data breach. With the increasing news stories of companies who have fallen victim to rising data breaches, how can you ensure that you are handling your company’s information correctly? When the time comes to dispose of your data, you need to ensure you remain compliant and that you adhere to industry standards. Read the full story →
DiskShred are delighted to be showcasing our onsite hard drive and media shredding solution at the Cloud Security Expo. We will be on stand 1027 from the 15th to 16th March 2017 at the ExCel, London. Read the full story →
DiskShred, a leading on-site IT shredding provider, has announced £850,000 in business from its secure hard drive and media shredding service in 2016, making the year its best yet, up 33% on its previous year. The company destroyed 325,000 data bearing items last year, for customers such as The National Maternity Hospital, Dublin. Read the full story →
On the 25th and 26th January, DiskShred attended the 9th National Data Protection Conference. The event was ran by the Irish Computer Society in collaboration with the Association of Data Protection Officers. This is the largest data protection event in Ireland where the Data Protection community joins together in Dublin for a two-day programme. This year it included informative workshops and presentations from some of Europe’s top data protection professionals. Read the full story →
DiskShred provided secure data destruction across 13 countries in 2016
DiskShred, the onsite hard drive and media destruction specialist, widened its geographical coverage last year to 13 countries throughout Europe.
The end of 2016 brings a New Year and with it a fresh start. We often hear the saying “New Year, New You” but how many times do we make New Year’s resolutions but then fall back into old habits before January is even over?
The same is often true when it comes to reviewing work procedures and policies. When it comes to Data Security, there are a few resolutions that should not be broken unless you want to run the risk of a data breach within your organisation. With data breaches on the rise, DiskShred is suggesting the most important data security resolutions for a secure 2017.
Resolution #5: Do your research
With so many companies offering ‘similar’ services, it can be difficult to determine which data destruction organisation to go with. With approximately 600 organisations in the UK alone that claim to provide variations of on and off site data disposal, it can be something of a challenge to find the right partner and avoid the wrong one. Remember you (the data controller) are responsible for your data under the Data Protection Act 1998, not your data destruction partner. Therefore you need to research who you are using, ensuring they are fully accredited so you can have the confidence and peace of mind that your data is safe and in good hands.
Resolution #4: Understand your data
The ‘state’ of your data can constantly change throughout its data life cycle. It is important that you understand how to treat it at every stage of the cycle i.e. manage it from creation and initial data storage to the time when it becomes obsolete. Areas such as the sensitivity of your data can change throughout the cycle and so can the level of data protection that it requires. Once the data reaches the end of its lifecycle you must have a secure destruction policy in place.
Resolution #3: Go beyond compliance
Many data destruction companies can claim they offer a compliant and secure service, but are they actually accredited and is there an ongoing assessment of their service and procedures? It is your responsibility to do a background check on your disposal partner of choice. ADISA (the Asset Disposal & Information Security Alliance) are a good place to start when selecting an accredited organisation. Their alliance conducts both regular annual audits and unannounced on the spot audits to ensure the companies in their alliance are offering a secure service. With the imminent EU General data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) coming into force you need to ensure that your company has a full audit trail of your retired data. Ensure your partner follows tight chain of custody procedures and provide tamper-proof reports including a certificate of destruction.
Resolution #2: Educate your people
By educating your staff on the importance of looking after data and the risks involved if it is handled incorrectly, then you foster a culture that understands your organisation’s data protection obligations. Appointing a data protection officer or champion can highlight that this is an area within the business that is taken very seriously and places an ownership on individuals to manage confidential information in a secure manner.
Resolution #1: Develop a Data Destruction Policy
More often than not, the risk of a data breach is increased on the basis that the people in an organisation don’t know the proper way to dispose of their redundant IT Assets and Data. Many organisations have an ‘IT graveyard’, a back room that serves as a storage room where old and outdated computers, laptops, servers, hard drives etc. are stored, leaving a wealth of information at risk. If this information falls into the wrong hands you could be at risk of a data breach. Putting an IT Disposal and Data Destruction policy in place will ensure your people have proper procedures in place to follow, reducing risk and creating a sense of ownership.
DiskShred offer secure, onsite hard drive and media shredding. We pride ourselves on providing
- The best hardware (this means we spend less time on-site than our competitors)
- The most affordable product
- The most accredited shredding organization across Europe
- What our clients tell us is the best service
If you have a data destruction requirement, anywhere in Europe, contact us on 0800 080 5083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the key tools launched in 2016 by the ICO was the self-assessment tool that helps small and medium sized organisations (SMEs) to assess their compliance with the Data Protection Act. The toolkit provides handy links to relevant guidance and further information, and generates a rating based on responses.
DiskShred have been shortlisted for the Secure Data Erasure Company of the Year Award. We would love to walk away with the coveted title but to achieve this we need your votes! Voting takes less than 1 minute.