I was not surprised to see the story about James Hastings, a dumpster diver. For months James went through the dumpsters behind People’s United Bank branches looking for proof that they were not protecting their customers’ private information. And eventually he found what he was looking for, boxes full of customer records. But unlike most stories about records in the dumpster he went to the company to blackmail them for a job and money.
This is evidence that thousands of people are going through your trash waiting for you to make a mistake. Every business better make shredding available and easy to every employee or face the consequences. This means expecting someone to stay late on Friday to do their shredding is an invitation for disaster. Locked bins from a shredding service placed around the office is the only way to safeguard your business.