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Cookie Monstering
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Cookie Monstering

In the news this week is a cyber hack on a service provider for more than 6,500 websites, including the Sesame Street online store, and it’s believed the provider was hacked with a Java cookie… 

Puns aside, the upshot is that thousands and thousands of customers may have had their credit card data stolen and, with multi-site hosting now the norm, the times of believing that small stores or sites won’t be hackers’ targets are long gone. One seemingly insignificant breach – for example, slipping in through a cookie – can have multiple repercussions. 

It doesn’t have to be digital to be a breach, either. While many transactions are contactless or paperless, others still generate a signed payment slip and other paperwork that must be retained by the merchant for up to three years.

What to do with so much paper that contains so much personal data? 

A secure and proactive records management plan for storing live records either on or off site is essential and part of that plan should be the timely disposal of all financial data by a responsible, secure shredding company.

Introducing PCI DSS…
Here at Restore Datashred, we offer secure shredding and are fully compliant with the Service Provider level of PCI DSS.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (for that’s what it is) is a set of security criteria designed to make sure that all companies that accept, process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. 

This means that we are proven to meet the highest standards in handling and destroying your cardholder data, on paper and in digital formats. 

And it’s not a one off. 

Unlike other accreditations, the PCI DSS Attestation of Compliance must be re-applied for every year. Hard work for us, but great news for you, and for your cardholder customers, as all our systems and processes for keeping your data guaranteed secure must be scrutinised at least once every 12 months. It keeps us on our toes, while providing you with full peace of mind.

And that peace of mind from doing the right thing for the data that you are responsible for is so important.

By working with a PCI DSS-accredited high-security business like Restore Datashred, where we take every step to ensure we are NOT the weak link in the chain of custody, we help you protect your customers and your company, responsibly.

Our secure shredding security measures include:

  • secure, lockable on-site paper and media bins and cabinets – so you can keep all payment slips away from prying eyes
  • on-site mobile shredding vehicles, including a brand new Shred-Tech MDX-3 with vastly superior capabilities, where you can watch and check your material as it tips on to the shredder blades and is reduced to minute fragments in moments
  • DBS-checked drivers and operatives – trained to really know their business and how important security is for your business and your reputation
  • high-security on-site entry protocols and round-the-clock CCTV and monitoring
  • full electronic file and asset tracking, and electronic audit trails
  • promptly supplied certificates of destruction
  • ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management. 

At Restore Datashred we are backed by our strong company values of trust, integrity, honesty, security, teamwork and ownership, and we take pride in offering you the service, scale and efficiency you need to get the most secure results possible for your business, wherever you are in the UK. 

If you are interested in secure shredding, why not give one of our friendly, knowledgeable customer service team a call on 0800 376 4422 to discuss the secure handling of your financial records at the end of their lifecycle? And let’s give Cookie Monster back his good name!