4. Disposing of Data — Do It Responsibly

It is generally a good idea to make sure that any document, whether it is a paper document or an electronic document, is completely destroyed when you no longer need it if it contains information about you or your business, any of your customers, potential customers, or employees. Here are some general and easy-to-follow guidelines.

  1. Destroying paper records yourself
  2. Destroying electronic records yourself
  3. Hiring a company

35% of data breaches involve a contractor or someone inside the organization.

Source: 2013 Ponemon Institute Cost of Data Breach Study