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Confetti Blunder: We Prefer Prevention

At the nation’s most beloved spectacle, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, confetti flies freely. But, during the 2012 parade, Ethan Finkelstein noticed that some of the pieces of paper flying around him had writing on them, numbers that looked like social security numbers. Other bits revealed the details of legal cases and the names, addresses, and license plate numbers belonging to police officers.  One fragment contained the name of the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD). A little detective work revealed that a police department employee collected paper from a bin under the shredder and brought it to the parade. That sensitive information would never have been revealed if we had done that shredding. They needed a smaller shred size and more levels of security.

Whatever business you may be in, sensitive information must be protected from individuals with momentary poor judgment or actual criminal intent. Document destruction companies can offer a variety of shred sizes and it requires judgment to match the shred size to the task. Larger shred sizes tend to be less expensive but and they are also less secure. Is the fear worth the money? Consider the potential data breach that could cost millions of dollars in damages or, in this case, jeopardize the personal safety of NCPD officers. Sometimes saving money is a fiction.

If your company is using larger particles sizes, ask your shredder about increasing the security level. It takes more time and energy to shred it smaller so the company will charge more for the service. The cost may be well worth the security. At American Shredding, we are happy to let you watch the shredding or tour our plant so that you can verify that your sensitive documents are obliterated to the level you pay for. And, after this incident, the NCPD purchased cross-cut shredders.

And, here is that story in the news:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ6ByV5RwPo

http://nypost.com/2012/11/27/the-confetti-blunderer-office-staffer-brought-shredded-nassau-cop-docs-to-parade/

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5 Ways We Are Contributing to a Sustainable Environment

1.    SAVING TREES When we shred and re-use paper, we prevent further destruction of our forests. Producing new paper directly from trees consumes a large amount of energy and water. Even worse, the process of this transformation releases pollutants into our atmosphere. Recycling one ton of paper saves roughly seventeen trees and 7,000 gallons of… Continue Reading

How safe are you medical records?

Everyone needs to take an active role in protecting their medical information. How Safe Are Your Medical Records? If you think your medical records are shielded from prying eyes, think again. Health-care providers, insurers, employers, the government, marketers, financial institutions, debt collectors and data miners are among the growing horde that can get access to… Continue Reading

Privacy and Security Budgets are 1 to 3%

Yesterday we made the assertion that hospital administrators need to take a more serious roll in safeguarding and protecting patient information.  Today, I read that privacy and security budgets are 1 to 3% of the overall IT budget.  Money speaks loudly to where people put their effort and focus. Privacy and security is last on… Continue Reading

Romanian hackers behind theft of 500,000 Australian credit cards busted in “largest ever investigation”

News outlets in Australia are reporting that a group of cyber-criminals in Romania has been busted after apparently stealing the details of 500,000 Australian credit cards. According to the Herald Sun, the group gained access to small retail outlets to pick up the details, 30,000 of which have already been used to buy goods worth… Continue Reading

Paper Shredding Service

If you need a paper shredding service in California, Nevada, Utah, or Texas, then give us a call.  We can provide onsite shredding with a certificate of destruction.  We are licensed, bonded, and insured. Thank You! American Shredding  www.americanshredding.com  888 777 2099 Continue Reading

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