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Guarding Against The Physical Data Breach


Within the past several years we have been inundated by so many incidents involving digital records that we tend to forget that a breach can just as easily occur with cartons of paper files. Considering that much of the world remains fixated on malicious hacking attacks, it seems likely that this much older (but still relevant) form of information loss is being overlooked.

Even as noteworthy corporations like Sony are forced to handle attacks on their servers by sophisticated criminals, incidents involving boxes of files or cases of magnetic tapes continue to occur. As recently as this past December, Independence Blue Cross had to publicly admit that policyholder information had been exposed when a maintenance worker threw out boxes of member records with the regular trash. In a similar but unrelated incident, thousands of files reportedly vanished from an Iron Mountain facility in Rhode Island, which was only discovered when the lawyer who owned them began investigating where his information had been stored.

With all these incidents on record it’s hard to know who to trust with your sensitive information. Finding reliable vendors who will abide by stringent rules and regulations when it comes to handling information is a must, and focusing on best practices can help you separate the quality operators from the rest. Here at The Data Vault we pride ourselves on our commitment to quality service, with features like GPS tracked couriers and chain of custody recording in place. If you have concerns about your current records management plan or would like more information on ways to prevent breaches by working with a secure storage provider, please do not hesitate to contact us today and one of our management specialists would be more than happy to speak with you!


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