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Posted Sep 12th, 2011

4 Reasons Why Employee Background Checks are Important When Choosing a Data Destruction Company

Your company’s data is sensitive, proprietary, and extremely important to the survival of your business. A recent study by the Ponemon Institute indicated that the average cost of a data breach is $7.2 million in the United States. For this reason, it is a best practice to choose a data destruction vendor that requires employee background checks before hire. When 10% of all data breaches are known to occur during the disposal process, assurance that your data is in good hands can be valuable peace of mind.

Here are Securis’s top 4 reasons why employee background checks are important:

  1. Protection from liability– Imagine the unlikely happened and a data breach occurred at your data destruction vendor. Chances are, you would want to be able to tell your lawyer that your vendor had an extensive screening process for all employees in order to protect against a breach.
  2. Protection against a data breach– The last place most companies want their data is in the hands of a criminal. Background checks on employees are an extra protection against a data breach and a precaution that proves that your data destruction vendor commits to its duty of care when dealing with your sensitive data.
  3. Added security redundancy– Data destruction companies often have several security measures in place to defend your data, but background checks add another layer of protection for your benefit.
  4. Integrity and Ethical Standards– The background check requirement that data destruction companies set is a natural part of the strong commitment to ethical standards and reassures the customer of the company’s integrity.

Securis commits to providing the safest atmosphere for data removal and destruction. The vendor that is used for our employee background checks is Kroll Incorporated. Kroll Inc. is headquartered in New York with more than 65 offices in 25 countries. Kroll Inc. has a multidisciplinary corporation of more than 3,800 employees and serves a global clientele of corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, law firms, non-profit institutions, and individuals. Securis uses Kroll Inc. because they provide the best, most reliable background screenings.  Our employee screening process consists of:

a)    County Criminal Record Search for the past five years of residency in the counties where the employee lived.

b)    Driving Record – The driving record (motor vehicle record) will verify the driver’s license number, status, state of issuance, and may provide information such as full name and physical description, as well as recent moving traffic violations and accidents.

c)    Federal Criminal National Record Search

d)    SSN Trace & Address Locator Database

e)    U.S. Criminal Records Indicator Search

f)     All of Securis’s access employees also complete Federal Bureau of Investigation official fingerprint cards. This information, as well as results from background and security checks, is kept in each employee’s file for customer review.

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