The strength of Shred Nations comes from the outstanding customer service of our member companies. We work with shredders that not only provide the security that is required when dealing with sensitive information but they delight customers. But don’t take our word for it. Every shredder is rated by the people who use them. Every rating is done by done by some who used the service.
Today I would like to highlight a Stuart Florida shredding service. SelectShred offers mobile shredding to both commercial and residential customers. It is locally owned and Richard is always available to make sure you get the best service in town.
They operate with the highest levels of security. Every employee has a through background check. Their processes are audited by NAID and they have earned their highest security rating. And since the shredding is done at your location so you can watch the entire process.
In addition to shredding paper they have the ability to destroy hard drives on-site. This allows you to destroy all the information that your business collects. Every job comes with a certificate of destruction for your HIPAA and FACTA compliance. You can rest assured that your documents are shredded and recycled by professionals.
SelectShred offers shredding in Palm Beach County, Martin County, St Lucie County, and Indian River County. When you are looking for a Florida shredding service they are happy to help you out with jobs of all sizes.
Volunteers at Miami Northwestern Senior High were alarmed to find student records and textbooks in a dumpster behind the school. Upon investigation it was learned that employees were told to clean out a storage area. Everything was just taken out to the dumpster. The spokesperson said it was a communication problem that led to the improper disposal.
I will leave commenting about throwing away textbooks that were never opened to those more interested in school budgets. My one comment would be that these have good fiber content have recycling value. At volumes they could be sold to a paper recycler.
More up our alley is the disposition of private information like what is in a student record. These were older records and contained social security numbers, addresses, and names. By leaving this information in the trash they exposed these past students to identity theft.
But based on how they describe what happened these records were not secured even before they were thrown away. If they were given the proper care then they would have been marked as confidential. This simple precaution would have prevented the exact error that led to their disposal.
Some basic security steps go a long way into data protection. Make sure sensitive information is always under lock and key. It should not be in a place that can be accessed by everyone in the company. Keep it in a secure location away from the storage for holiday decorations and broken chairs to prevent disposal errors.
Voters signing a petition in Tampa are the latest victims of an easily preventable data breach. Their information was dumped behind a business. Always be weary before giving away any of your information to a fly by night organization.
Local newscasts love to do the story on personal information in the dumpster. I wonder if they just a story that they copy and paste from. The only way to avoid the cameras is to make sure you are shredding (and your partners are shredding) . LV Financial Services went out of business and all of their records ended in the dumpster. These included medical records that the company was using for collections.
Many doctors are taking advantage of the money provided by the Stimulus Package and scanning their records into Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The just need to make sure that the paper records get disposed of properly. A medical office in Tampa thought they could get away with just leaving them at a recycling center instead of having them shredded. They were discovered and now the matter has been handed over to the Attorney General’s office. [story].
Creative Financial Services of Tampa Bay Inc is the just the latest mortgage broker to dump their customers’ personal information in a dumpster. They filled up the dumpster behind Hair Visions Salon where the records were discovered and reported to the news and police. The news went to the offices of Creative Financial Services and found a second dumpster full of mortgage files. They must have filled their own dumpster and then started dumping all over the city. There may be more that were not reported to the authorities.
While there are many situations where being “creative” is good; document security is not one of them. There is no substitute to a paper shredding service turning all of your private information into tiny bits and then pulping it.
Most organizations fail to shred everything that the law and good practice require because they don’t have a document shredding program. The standard practice for many is to leave the shredding to the discretion of a low level employee. The result is much of what needs to be shredded is sent out with the trash. If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time then you know that boxes of files are magnets for everyone walking by.
The latest example is Flagler County. Instead of shredding they left boxes of sensitive information in the trash. When exposed by the local news they said it was only one box. However, the reporter found more sensitive information after they said the problem was solved.
The incremental cost to shred a box with a shredding service is only a couple of bucks. Why would any organization risk their customers, suppliers and reputation for so small a price?