Unsecure green practices putting Irish businesses at risk of data security breaches

Posted: September 12, 2016

  • One in ten employees admit to discarding confidential information in unsecure recycling bins in the workplace.
  • A third of Irish employees believe greater education around information security practices is required to protect sensitive client information.
Dublin, 12th September 2016 - Businesses in Ireland are potentially putting themselves at risk by disposing of sensitive documents in unsecured recycling bins, leading information destruction company, Shred-it, warned today.
According to the findings of a new independent survey, carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes on behalf of Shred-it Ireland, one in ten Irish employees admitted to disposing of confidential information in the workplace recycling bin, despite knowing the information security risks. Client, customer and internal correspondence were among the most common types of information disposed of in the recycling bin.
The survey also found one-fifth of employees were unaware that disposing of sensitive company information in an unsecure recycling bin could lead to serious data breach or workplace fraud.
It is important that as businesses update their policies to meet their sustainability objectives they do not compromise information security practices. There is a strong correlation between data security practices and data breaches and education is key to minimising this risk. Businesses failing to inform and train staff on how to properly dispose of confidential information leave themselves open to financial and reputational damage,” Jason Finlay, General Manager  Shred-it Ireland.
The survey also revealed a need for stringent data security policies and robust training practices in Irish workplaces as 40% of workers admitted they were not aware of what happens to documents discarded in the recycling bin once they leave the office. Furthermore, one third called for greater education around the secure handling of confidential or sensitive information in the workplace.
By simply combining recycling and secure data shredding services, companies can protect the security of sensitive information while ensuring a positive environmental impact. It is a combined approach, supported by a data security policy and regular staff training, that will truly minimise an organisation’s exposure to a serious data security breach”, concluded Finlay.
To find out more information on how companies can safeguard themselves against a data breach, visit Shred-it’s resource centre.
For further information contact:
Mary McCarthy
Weber Shandwick PR
Tel:     01-6798600
Mob:   086-256 8429
Notes to Editor
About Shred-it
Shred-it is a world-leading information security company providing information destruction services that ensure the security and integrity of our clients' private information. A wholly, owned subsidiary of US-based business to business services company Stericycle, Shred-it operates in 170 markets throughout 18 countries worldwide, servicing more than 400,000 global, national and local businesses. For more information, please visit www.shredit.ie

Behaviour & Attitudes survey
The research was conducted via the B&A Barometer, a nationally representative face-to-face survey of 1,000 adults aged 18+. The questionnaire was asked of a subsample of 517 people currently employed.

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