Protect Your Organization from Paper Hacking

Updated 07/24/2021

IT and Business Operations

Dumpster diving and mail theft seem to be almost a thing of the past, but recent studies have shown that this is not the case.

Hard copy files are still a considerable risk to businesses, especially now that employees have these papers at home. So, criminals are now focusing their efforts more toward the home and less toward the office.

Reevaluate current methods of dealing with sensitive information to lessen the risk of theft by considering these 3 questions:

1. What consequences will losing particular documents have? Are employees traveling with paper documentation (hint: never leave a car unattended with sensitive documents inside.)

2. Does the employee live alone or with others? Best practice for your at-home workers is to ensure that they have a company issued device (s) and that children, spouses, parents, or anyone living in the home does not have access to the device. Regarding handling sensitive documentation at home, it’s important to ensure that you have clearly defined policies and procedures; and your employees have seen these and been trained on these policies withing the last 60 days.

3. Can they store hard copies safely? If nothing else, businesses are urged to ensure files can be appropriately destroyed at home, using either home shredders or employing a third-party shredding company. If possible, placing a no-print policy in place can eliminate this problem.

Create a culture of security awareness. Get your employees trained. We can help.

Learn More