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New year means it's time to review your document destruction strategy

Posted by Mike Matus on January 13, 2016

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Goodwill DataShield can provide secure document destructionHow safe are your documents? According to research conducted by the Ponemon Institute,  a research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy, the average total cost of a data breach for the participating companies surveyed increased 23 percent over the past two years to $3.79 million. Individual cost per record increased 6% to an average of $154.

Goodwill DataShield is NAID certifiedSecure document destruction is a key component of an overall strategy to safeguard your documents. While many providers exist for this type of service, there are a few strategic questions that should be asked as you qualify a source.

Are they NAID Certified?
NAID, the National Association of Information Destruction is the standards setting body for the information destruction industry. NAID AAA Certification verifies the qualifications of certified information destruction providers through a comprehensive scheduled and unannounced audit program. This rigorous process supports the needs of organizations around the world by helping them meet numerous laws and regulations requiring protection of confidential customer information. 

Is document destruction viewed as an event or part of the information destruction process?
Shredding documents is just a small piece of protecting your information. How are hard drives and USB devices handled in the overall information management process?

Goodwill DataShield, is a NAID AAA certified provider of information destruction services. We fully understand the impact of security breaches through our work with customers across a wide variety of industries: Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Legal and Finance. Our team works closely with our partners to integrate information destruction into the overall security plan of an organization, and we can help your company as well.

Goodwill DataShield is a division of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin that has been providing services to our community for many years.  The work we perform through DataShield benefits our mission. Engage with Goodwill DataShield to improve your information security while helping improve the lives of others.

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Written by Mike Matus

Mike Matus joined Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin in January, 2013 as the Vice President of Sales & Strategic Solutions. Mike’s responsibilities include the development of an integrated Employer Outreach / Business Development strategy across the entire organization. In his role, Mike works closely with the Mission Operations staff of Goodwill TalentBridge, Goodwill Laundry, Goodwill Manufacturing, Goodwill DataShield and Mission Services to drive and coordinate business development efforts to expand the Mission of Goodwill. Mike has spent over 20+ years in executive sales management in varied industries including: Packaging, Graphic Arts and Metal fabrication. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for J.L. Clark, a Clarcor company, specializing in custom metal and plastic packaging. He has served on several boards and received his Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. Mike is currently a member of the MMAC, Executive Agenda, ACG and SAMA organizations.
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