Identity fraud risk 'rising' via poor document disposal techniques

26th June 2009

A number of businesses are still photocopying major documents as a way of getting another copy of important information, according to a British computing firm's latest survey.

Research by eCopy found that small businesses in IT are opening themselves up to a lot of problems by not storing their documents online by using digital photocopying systems to store their information in data backup systems or other safer devices.

Simon Hill, the sales director for eCopy in the UK and Ireland, said: "The research highlights a need for improved organisational procedures to govern copying of sensitive documentation, its storage and disposal after use.

"Document management and document imaging solutions provide secure document capture, storage and disposal practices which help to protect against online fraud and ID theft."

Earlier this week, a study by the NetWitness Corporation found that while nearly all chief information security officers were worried about a data breach, nearly one-third thought a firewall was all that was needed to protect their sensitive documentation.

New research from Connect found that, on average, it takes businesses that use backup tapes take 11.6 hours to retrieve and restore files. Connect is now recommending that SMEs switch to online backup.ADNFCR-1071-ID-19238981-ADNFCR