4 Documents You Forgot to Shred

One way I’ve solved the mystery of what to shred and what not to shred is to simply shred every paper document. Not only does this eliminate the decision-making process (and the inevitable mistakes), but it ensures you destroy the information you are casually overlooking. We may assume that a small bit of information on…

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What You Should Be Shredding and Why

As seen in The Metro Buzz, FranklinIs, Murfreesboro Voice, On Target News and the Tennessean. It’s the time of year for spring cleaning, and many people are throwing out old household items and personal documents to clear out some space. If you’ve been working from home throughout the pandemic, there’s probably even more clutter. And…

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4 Signs Your Document Disposal Policy Needs Work

Is your current document disposal policy whatever the previous employee verbally passed on to the new employee during on-the-job training? This verbal transferal of information is open for interpretation, may lack clarity and is likely incomplete. To make matters worse, the original source of this information may have been several employees previous. A document disposal policy identifies the…

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Information Security for Home Offices of Small Business

A Stanford University study estimates that about 42 percent of the U.S. labor force is now working from home full time. This trend is expected to continue through to the end of the year. Employees have moved from shared office equipment, staff, and documents to operating independently in their home office. With these adjustments come security…

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The Benefits of Residential Shredding

Curbside trash and recycling bins are magnets for identity thieves. Anything that is discarded in them is free for the taking. A residential shredding service prevents your personal information from landing in the wrong hands. In this blog, we explain how a residential shredding service works and how it benefits you and your family. Convenience…

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Answers to Your Data Destruction Questions

Just as it is important to have document shredding policy, having a solution for destroying your digital data is also a must. Bad actors can access a treasure trove of information on unwanted hard drives and computer devices. In this blog, we answer your data destruction questions. Q: What data should I destroy? A: Destroy…

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Why, When, and How of Product Destruction

Many organizations fail to recognize that their obsolete materials and outdated items can return to the marketplace. Every day, stolen branded items and proprietary materials are recirculated on the grey market. Defective, discontinued, and outdated products can be a liability to your brand and reputation. In this blog, we explain the why, when, and how…

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Richards & Richards Owner Elected President-Elect of National Industry Association

The 1,000+ members of The International Secure Information Governance & Management Association® (i-SIGMA®) have elected Bowman Richards – owner and president of Nashville-based secure shredding company Richards & Richards, LLC – as president-elect of the national organization. “Bowman Richards has been a valued contributor to the association for many years,” said i-SIGMA CEO Bob Johnson.…

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Federal Privacy Laws and Document Shredding

Did you know that secure disposal of personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) is mandated by federal laws? The following federal regulations contain provisions that require secure disposal of records containing PII and PHI: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) The Family…

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Document Shredding Benefits for Lawyers

Lawyers have a strict duty to preserve the confidentiality of the attorney-client relationship. The legal and ethical rules for preserving the privacy of client data also extend to the disposal of hard copy records. In this blog, we explain document shredding benefits for lawyers. Information Security The paper-centric nature of law firms makes legal records…

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Tuning Up Your Information Disposal Program

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Spring is right around the corner, and you may be preparing for warmer weather and longer days. It is also the perfect time to eliminate clutter from your business. In the spirit of the season, we offer tips for tuning up your information disposal program. Ditch the Office Shredder DIY shredding is not easy. Destroying…

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Document Shredding During COVID-19

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have closed their offices and required employees to work remotely. But what happens when confidential business records produced in your employees’ homes are no longer needed? In this blog, we discuss strategies for shredding documents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Home Office Security Risks Work-from-home scenarios pose a range data…

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