Tuesday 12 June 2012
Small businesses need to take care to ensure confidential data is kept under lock and key, it has been claimed.
Richard Costin, managing director of Banner Business Services, said it is "vitally important" that businesses properly destroy and recycle data.
In the modern business environment, the impact of not removing data properly is "massive", he noted.
"It is really important you make sure you securely remove data - whether that is on paper or on computers," Mr Costin said.
"You have to try and destroy as much as you can to ensure it doesn't get into the wrong hands."
With greater volumes of data being created all the time, it is rarely possible for companies to store and backup all their data.
And when information no longer has any practical or commercial use, there is no benefit in paying for storage.
But businesses still have a duty to ensure this data does not fall into the wrong hands, legally and ethically.
Data breaches can result in fines, regulatory sanctions and also irreversible reputational damage, meaning companies are incentivised to put strong security defences in place.
Posted by Alex Boardman