GDPR – are you ready?

Sponsored: Universities need to be confident that all confidential information is effectively destroyed, says Neil Percy, VP Shred-it EMEAA

The biggest change in data security for a generation is almost upon us. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across the EU this month and every organisation will need a comprehensive data-security strategy in place, including those in the higher education sector.

Most organisations already have a plan for their electronic data with developed protocols, passwords, access controls and other security measures.

However, all too often they give less thought to the treatment of the same data in physical format with letters, financial records, reports and other printed confidential materials often treated as low risk and general waste or recycling rather than as a security concern.

Personal data in any format, electronic or physical, falls under the GDPR and printed confidential data must be treated as securely as digital data.

“Shred-it are the UK and global leader in secure destruction.”

Some organisations choose to destroy their printed data using small office shredders and this can be a solution, however, it often fails because of simple stumbling blocks like volume or paper clips, plastics or laminates that are problematic for office-based solutions.

All too often users resort to waste disposal leading to a breach in data security.

Universities need to be confident that all confidential information, regardless of format, is effectively destroyed and the solution is to seek the advice of a dedicated specialist.

Shred-it are the UK and global leader in secure destruction and, by partnering with us, higher education organisations can give confidence to students, investors, partners and regulators that they have a fully rounded auditable strategic security process around the destruction of all forms of personal and confidential data.

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