Edina, MN (PRWEB) June 24, 2011
As the frequency of cyberattacks rises and media attention on the problem grows, Minneapolis-St. Paul businesses are looking for ways to protect their sensitive customer data from increasing hacker sophistication. In recent weeks, some companies have identified one vulnerability that they can control permanently, but only if they can access it in affordable ways. Phone calls received at Edina data security service provider and e-waste management agency RenovoData Services reflect the need.
“One small business owner called and said they had a stockpile of old hard drives sitting in storage,” said Frank Gustafson, RenovoData Services’ President. As is the case in any business, the information stored on these drives and was sensitive customer data. The same information on paper documents had been shredded and recycled, but shredding and recycling paper is relatively simple and affordable to do. Still, hard drives from old computers contain information such as credit card numbers that if not properly protected, could be found by a motivated cybercriminal. Yet, to save on costs, companies often stockpile hard drives rather than shredding them. This leaves the drives vulnerable to hacking.
“Companies need a secure way to dispose of old hard drives that is also environmentally safe,”
Gustafson said. “But the people I spoke to needed a convenient and affordable way or they just couldn’t do it. They’re running businesses after all.”
In response to the calls, RenovoData Services is hosting DataShred Wednesdays in their Edina facility on the first and third Wednesday of every month starting in June. From 11:30-1:30, customers from business or residence can come to the RDS building with their used hard drives (separate from computers) to be shredded at $5 per drive. Gustafson is offering a 25% discount on orders of 5 or more drives. Businesses and homes may also bring electronics for recycling during this event. Some items are recyclable for free, some for 25 cents per pound.
About RenovoData Services
RenovoData Services is the only business to supply hard drive shredding to the Twin Cities metro area. It opened in 2009 in a response to local demand for hard drive shredding and e-waste recycling services.
For more information on DataShred Wednesdays or to schedule an assessment, contact Leah Strawmatt at 952-314-1292, or email at leah(at)renovods(dot)com.