Protect Your Paperwork

Keep in mind that digital data is not the only thing that needs to be protected. Paper documents also need to be protected. When disposing of any confidential documents, make sure they are shredded first.

Dumpster diving is the act of looking for treasure in someone else’s trash.  In the world of information technology, dumpster diving is a technique used to retrieve information that could be used to carry out an attack on a computer network. Dumpster diving isn’t limited to searching through the trash for obvious treasures like access codes or passwords written down on sticky notes. Seemingly innocent information like a phone list, calendar, or organizational chart can be used to assist an attacker using social engineering techniques to gain access to a network. To prevent dumpster divers from learning anything valuable from your trash, establish a routine where all sensitive paper (like your bank statement) is shredded in a cross-cut shredder before being recycled.  Also, make sure all storage media (CD, DVD, Floppy) is erased before discarding.