Bloomberg Businessweek: The Data Destruction Industry Is Bigger Than You Think
The technology breaches at Home Depot and Target last year made consumers more aware of just how easily their data can get into the wrong hands. Businesses of all sizes, especially those that have to meet state or federal compliance guidelines for data destruction, want to avoid this scenario. This is why IT data destruction is so important, and it’s much more involved than just overwriting the hard drive on the old PC that’s getting donated to a charity.
“Any business that has a device that stores data is our customer,” said Michael Stegeman, who heads up franchise development for Securis. “Everything is electronic now. All the information is on a drive. And there’s so much of it: think of a filing cabinet, with drawers, and folders in those drawers and then papers in all those folders. The amount of data can be amazing.”
Businesses are well aware that they have information that must be safeguarded, but they’re not as savvy when it’s time to dispose of it, Stegeman said. That’s where Securis comes in. From the moment business owners call a Securis franchise owner, they know they can turn over their equipment and follow it every step of the way through destruction. Nothing is left on an unguarded warehouse shelf, nothing hazardous is shipped overseas. Everything is handled by personnel who are certified by the National Association for Information Destruction.