Cyber-attacks it seems, are here to stay. No-one is completely safe, with millions of occurrences reported each year, making dodging the bullet increasing difficult.
With experts forecasting that attempted information breaches will spike through 2015, why are they on the increase?
- Cyber criminals are becoming more skilled – Understanding that larger organisations generally have better security measures in place, many attackers now target small and medium sized businesses in order to get to the big guys. Supply chain information can be as useful in targeting larger businesses as hacking into them directly.
- More crimes are being reported – Increasingly, more companies are actually realising that they have been the subject of a breach. In upgrading security, many organisations have uncovered attacks that were hitherto un-noticed.
- Complacency – Many businesses still don’t recognise the importance of properly protecting themselves and are left wide open to attacks. For some, ineffective data destruction processes can leads to information being compromised.
- Lack of training and leadership – In line with a degree of complacency many organisations don’t ensure that staff are properly trained or have the lines of communication in place to effectively manage data protection.
- Insiders – Many cyber-attacks, particularly the most costly and damaging ones, are carried out by insiders and opportunists. Despite this many companies still don’t have programme in place to deal with insider security threats.
- Repeat crime – With many crimes being unreported or un-noticed there is great opportunity for re-offenders. People with an understanding of how to instigate attacks are still free to move from business to business wreaking havoc as they go, leaving organisations increasingly vulnerable.
- Skills shortage – The development of experienced security professionals is yet to really take off. The people with the greatest knowledge are generally employed by the bigger organisations meaning that information sharing hasn’t ever properly happened. There is a dearth of professionals available to work in this role.
It’s important to remember that whilst cyber security threats are clearly increasing and, as a result, gaining significant media coverage, security of physical documents and data shouldn’t be overlooked. Secure confidential shredding services provide an important aspect of information security. Take these additional security steps to safeguard your business.
When it comes to the disposal of electronic equipment and data, Recycle IT 4 U can help.
RecycleIT4U offer a fast, efficient and friendly service to help recycle your unwanted electrical goods with a simple automated collection system. To book a collection you can either use our online form or you can speak to us direct during our normal office hours. Our collection booking telephone number is 01952 580814.
We will collect redundant PCs, laptops, monitors, servers, network products, printers, EPOS, Scanners, UPS, cabling, AV equipment, projectors, telephones, mobiles and fax machines using our own vehicles at an agreed date and time.
An official WEEE disposal certificate will be issued, quoting serial number, asset tag and description of all the items collected.
Hazardous waste notes will be issued for redundant equipment such as monitors and batteries that contain hazardous materials.
We can also ensure secure data destruction. The security of unwanted data held on file by way of magnetic media, computer hard drives, backup tapes, CD’s or floppy drives is controlled by the Data Protection Act 1998. All data bearing devices are dealt with by Recycle IT 4U in one of two ways:-
- Physical shredding
- Electronic wiping of DATA (only applicable if approved by you the customer)
Data held on hard drives is removed or eradicated using approved software and hardware in accordance with internationally recognised standards.
We also pride ourselves in refurbishing, reusing and recycling for spares and repairs as much as possible, so equipment can have a second lease of life.
Any equipment not suitable for our refurbishment programme or spares, is separated and then sent in bulk to our Strategic Partner, the world’s largest waste management company for further recycling and separation into glass, metal and plastics and reintroduced into the manufacturing chain as raw materials.