Think that a DIY paper shredder will solve all of your problems and save you money? Think again. Shredding in-house may seem like a cost-efficient tactic initially, but in reality, it can actually cost you more money in the long-run.
After reading the following drawbacks of DIY paper shredding, you may want to reconsider your decision to purchase one.
Increased Chance of a Security Breaches
Security breaches are a serious thing. Improperly disposing of confidential information can leave you and your business susceptible to becoming a victim of a breach. Do-it-yourself shredders do not have the necessary security measures and processes intact to protect confidential information. This can ultimately cost your business in the long-run. Data breaches can not only damage your business’ reputation, they can also lead to a loss of existing and potential customers.
Depending on the time of year and the business you’re in, files can pile up quickly. Especially during the end of a financial year, outdated documents must be properly disposed of to make room for new ones. Typical DIY shredders can only shred 3-4 sheets at a time. In any business, time is money and you don’t want to spend hours at your desk shredding countless documents. This process is timely and can cause employees to neglect to complete their assigned tasks. Did you also know that simply deleting files off of old hard drives still puts you at risk of a security breach? Old hard drives and recalled products must also be properly shredded and disposed of as well and DIY shredders do not have the capacity or power to do so.
Ability to Reconstruct
One of the main problems when it comes to DIY shredders are that files are typically shredded into strips that can be reconstructed. Once thrown away, dumpster divers can rummage through the trash and collect everything that they need to gain access to you and your client’s confidential information.
Repairs and Maintenance
Over time, shredders require costly repairs and sometimes even need to be replaced which can add to your company expenses. Unexpected repairs can also deter you from destroying documents that need to be discarded in a timely manner.
No Proof of Destruction
For regulatory compliance purposes, most businesses that hold sensitive information are required to provide proof of destruction. In some instances, not doing so can lead to numerous legal fines and consequences. At SBDD, our goal is to help you stay in compliance and protect your data.
As you can see, while a DIY paper shredder may seem like a great way to cut costs, the opposite actually holds true. Start protecting your business and it’s clients today. Contact South Bay Document Destruction at 310-217-9985 to inquire about our document destruction, product destruction, or hard drive shredding services!