4 Things to Look for in a Shredding Provider

A person holding an open laptop standing with hand on head in confusionYou can’t take chances with your employees’ and customers’ information, so you must use due diligence when choosing a paper shredding provider. Here are four things to consider in your search:

1. Onsite Mobile Shredding

Whether to destroy your paper records onsite at your business or offsite at a shredding plant is a matter of preference. But if you need to witness the destruction of your paper records firsthand, onsite mobile shredding is the way to go. A mobile shredding truck destroys hundreds of pounds of documents in a matter of minutes at your business. It can even destroy non-paper items, so when you outsource your shredding there’s no need to remove staples and paperclips from your documents. Your documents are shredded into small particles by an industrial-strength shredder, protecting your business from identity theft and fraud.

2. Shredding Collection Containers

Shredding collection containers reduce data breach risks by enabling your employees to discard confidential documents securely. Make sure your shredding provider offers a variety of shredding collection containers to meet your document destruction needs and places them in convenient locations in your facility. When your shredding collection containers are full, a background-checked, bonded, and insured shredding technician collects and destroys the contents within a secure chain of custody.

3. NAID AAA Certification

NAID stands for the National Association of Information Destruction, the international trade association for companies providing information destruction services. The NAID AAA Certification Program establishes standards for a secure destruction process in the areas of operational security, employee hiring and background screening, responsible paper disposal, and insurance coverage. When a NAID Member has completed a successful audit, they’re issued a certificate showing their company name, type of operations, and the specific materials they are certified to destroy. Using a NAID AAA Certified shredding provider ensures your documents receive the highest level of privacy protection.

4. Hard Drive, Media and Tape Destruction

Destroying expired digital data is just as important as shredding expired paper records. Even if you erase files from your expired media, you haven’t removed every trace of sensitive data. With the right tools, criminals can access deleted data, even on reformatted hard drives and tapes. The only way to be sure your data isn’t compromised is by using a hard drive, media and tape destruction service.

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