7 Questions to Ask a Media Destruction Company
Knowing what to do with your obsolete computer media is a challenge. Do you sell it or toss it in a recycling bin? Neither way is great for protecting your data. Here are the most important questions to ask when selecting a media destruction company.
1. What media do you destroy?
Ask your prospective media destruction company what they destroy. See if they offer secure disposal solutions for the following items:
- Hard drives
- Thumb drives
- CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays
- Backup tapes
2. Are your employees security screened?
Media destruction companies should take precautions to prevent unauthorized access to your data. Not all do. Only partner with a company who makes their employees undergo drug screening, employment history verification, and criminal background checks.
3. Are you NAID AAA Certified?
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the international, non-profit trade association for companies providing information destruction services. Partnering with a NAID AAA Certified media destruction company ensures you receive a secure and ethical data destruction solution.
To earn NAID AAA Certification, a shredding and destruction company must meet strict security standards and carry a minimum of $2 million in general liability insurance (umbrella or aggregate). They must also pass ongoing audits by third-party security professionals. Only media destruction companies meeting these standards receive AAA Certification.
4. What happens to my electronic waste?
Know what your prospective media destruction company does with your eWaste. Make sure they transfer your electronic media to an authorized recycler and provide you with documentation showing proof of recycling.
5. Do I receive a Certificate of Destruction?
Businesses that dispose of confidential data must be able to prove their disposal practices. Partner with a media destruction company that offers a Certificate of Destruction providing details of what they destroyed and when.
6. Do you provide customer references?
Always ask a prospective shredding and destruction company for references. Strong customer testimonials point to exceptional service.
7. Do you offer ongoing media destruction?
Having a flexible and scalable media destruction solution is important. Make sure your media destruction company offers one-time and scheduled media destruction services.
Land Shark Shredding offers shredding services in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Orlando, FL.
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