The threats of data breaches and damage from hackers and corporate spies is real- and it's changed the way companies manage their documents. Are you protected against a data breach? It could cost your company millions of dollars, and federal and state privacy laws like FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act) will keep you on your toes.
Disposing of your files is just as important as how they are stored. A secure shredding program will protect you from these threats- and it will help you reduce the amount of files you have on hand, the number of vulnerabilities your document management program has, and decrease the change of a data breach or low-tech hack.
So how do you start? We see businesses buy a low-cost shredding machine and start to shred the documents in-house. The more you use these low-cost machines, the more they break down- and your document shredding plan keeps getting pushed lower and lower on day-to-day priorities.
Eliminate the need to worry about disposing of critical business information with the risk of a data breach or lawsuit. We recommend hiring a professional shredding company to handle your shredding for you. Deciding to use a shredding company is easy- but figuring out the shredding service you should use can be difficult.
We put together some things you can think about that can help you select the right shredding service for your business.
Do you Need Mobile Shredding or Offsite Shredding?
Boston Shredding and Record's contractors provide mobile shredding services and offsite shredding services for your document destruction project: A mobile shredding truck, can come shred documents at your office while you watch, or you can schedule an offsite shredding service to pick up your files and take them to be shredded at a secure plant.
Both options are very secure- you just need to figure out how comfortable you are having your records shredded by a third party along with the types of materials being shredded. If you need to witness the destruction of your documents, mobile shredding is the right choice for you. If you're just shredding files past their useful life, an offsite shredding service can save you some money!
The volume of documents, files and records you have is the greatest factor in the price of your project. Shredding a few boxes is easy enough when you drop them off at a location near you. Larger volumes (10 boxes or more) might require a mobile shredding truck or offsite pickup by a shredding service. The more paper you have to shred, the more economical offsite shredding is- you save money per box by not having to bring a mobile shredding truck to your location.
Is the shredding contractor you chose for your project NAID AAA certified? There are no government agencies that regulate shredders- we recommend asking if they have a certification from the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID). An “AAA” certification from NAID means the certification was verified by a third party.
How quickly do you need shredding service? If you need it the next day, you should make sure that it's possible. Most contractors need a minimum of two business days to schedule a pickup- and off-hours or weekend pickups will cost extra.
Be sure to ask how the shredding company charges you for service. A per-bin or per-box price is preferred over a per minute pricing structure. Always get quotes from multiple providers to ensure you're getting shredding service at a fair price.
Get Free, No Obligation Quotes on Secure Mobile or Offsite Shredding in Boston Today!
No matter which provider you select, using these guidelines will help you find a reputable, secure, reliable contractor that can get your shredding project completed quickly.
If you need mobile shredding, offsite shredding, or hard drive shredding anywhere in Massachusetts, Boston Shredding and Records can help! Fill out the form to the right or give us a call at (617) 517-3036 for free quotes on having a shredding truck come to your location and shred your documents while you watch.