Cintas Hosts Webinar with Dr. Larry Ponemon on Recent Study on Security of
Paper Records and Document Shredding
Webinar highlights new study that finds organizations are at risk for failing
to secure sensitive information
CINCINNATI -- January 28, 2014
Cintas recently hosted a webinar with Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder
of the Ponemon Institute, to explore the results of a study titled, “Security
of Paper Records and Document Shredding.” The purpose of the study was to
determine current practices to secure sensitive documents during the shredding
and destruction process.
“Despite the steady increase in data breaches, our study revealed that many
businesses still don’t have the right programs in place to safeguard sensitive
information,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of Ponemon
Institute. “Neglecting to secure your paper and digital records can compromise
your organization by putting valuable customer data and business intelligence
Throughout the webinar, Dr. Ponemon highlighted the following:
*One-third of respondents say their organizations do not have a policy for
the secure destruction of confidential documents.
*Among those respondents who say their organization has a policy, more than
half (51 percent) say it does not cover the secure destruction of hard
*While 55 percent of organizations represented in this study train their
employees on the secure disposal of confidential documents, only 38
percent say they are confident that the training helps ensure the secure
disposal of confidential documents.
*Nearly three-fourths of respondents believe that using an outside
shredding service is more effective than relying on employees to properly
shred and/or destroy confidential information.
“Based on this information, we would recommend organizations have rigorous
procedures in place for monitoring the protection and safe disposal of
documents,” added Ponemon.
“Training is the first critical step for employees to understand their role in
disposing of sensitive and confidential information,” said Sarah Koucky,
Senior Director of Security and Compliance, Cintas Document Management.
“Physical protection and programs such as document shredding and hard drive
destruction can safeguard paper and digital data at the end of its lifecycle
in an efficient and easy manner.”
For more information and to view the webinar and download the study, please
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized
services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas
designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and
provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global
Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index.
About Ponemon Institute:
Ponemon Institute is dedicated to independent research and education that
advances responsible information and privacy management practices within
business and government. Our mission is to conduct high quality, empirical
studies on critical issues affecting the management and security of sensitive
information about people and organizations.
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