What exactly is data theft, and why is it such a popular topic?
It simply is the act of stealing digital information stored on computers, servers, or electronic devices to obtain confidential information or compromise privacy. Data theft does not always occur by means of malicious intent; it may also occur due to negligence caused by improper disposal of media devices. Businesses often suffer devastating financial losses when their data is compromised, in addition to reputational damage.
Businesses are responsible for ensuring that data is collected, processed, stored, and shared responsibly under POPIA. In addition to data being used, this also includes data that is no longer required. Regulatory fines for noncompliance can be imposed on businesses.
Shredding device media is one of the options we offer for our secure data destruction services at Go Green Electronic Recycling. This means physically shredding the device media into tiny particles, rendering it completely unusable. It is virtually impossible to retrieve or recover data at any useful level from a shredded media device. Media devices that can be shredded include magnetic hard drives, solid-state drives, backup tapes and portable storage devices. With our hard drive destruction services, clients can observe the secure destruction of their data at their locations.
We at Go Green Electronic Recycling provide free on-site hard drive destruction for Western Cape and Gauteng. Other locations receive a serialized device audit and hard drive audit, and hard drives are securely transported to our facility to be shredded. Video footage can be provided on request.