You bolt locks onto your doors. You install security cameras to catch thieves. You train employees to be vigilant with your products and your proprietary information.
But how do you ensure the destruction of your hard drives and electronic media when you’re finished with them? Do you ensure the destruction of these media?
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Information security – the process of protecting electronic data – is a critical issue facing IT departments in today’s enterprises and SMBs (small-to-medium sized businesses). Every day, the newspapers are littered with examples of how cyber thieves have hacked into another system, making yet another company – and its employees – vulnerable by exposing classified information, such as corporate and personal bank accounts and confidential corporate documents.
However, taking the right step at the operational level is paying dividends, according to Gartner, Inc., the Stamford, Connecticut-based research analyst firm. The firm recently released research indicating that companies that have achieved a high-level of IT security can safely reduce the share of security in the IT budget to between three and four percent by the end of 2008.
One consideration, often overlooked, is expendable hardware. The disposal of confidential information left behind on hard drives or other electronic media is a serious concern to public and private sectors; in fact, federal laws such as HIPAA, SarBOX, GLB, and FACTA have been established to ensure companies are adhering to the same standardized regulations for electronic data protection.
With such an emphasis on information security, shouldn’t the same precautions be taken when that information is no longer needed? You wouldn’t throw confidential documents in the trash can without shredding them, so why wouldn’t you do the same with computer hard drives?