UPDATE: Dept. of Homeland Security Categories Data Destruction As Essential Services

Posted by Ryan Richard

Essential services are a class of industries and organizations within that are deemed "essential" by a government entity.

Recently the Dept. of Homeland Security released a notice announcing that organizations in the information management and data destruction sectors are considered essential services.

“The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s responsibilities as assigned under the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide strategic guidance, promote a national unity of effort, and coordinate the overall federal effort to ensure the security and resilience of the Nation's critical infrastructure. CISA uses trusted partnerships with both the public and private sectors to deliver infrastructure resilience assistance and guidance to a broad range of partners.” cisa.gov

Who else is on the essential services list?

  • Healthcare \ Public Health
  • Law Enforcement, First Responders, Public Safety
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Public Works
  • Other Community-Based Government Operations And Essential Functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Financial Services
  • Chemical
  • Defense Industrial Base

Keep Your Data Secure

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations have implemented a "work from home" policy. This means that confidential information is being produced from home in addition to the workplace.

If you have implemented a policy like this, consider working with a local information management and data destruction service provider who can provide information destruction at your home office. This is a time for identity thieves to thrive, but you can prevent identity theft by being proactive about your information security.

Keeping your information secure is imperative during this time and we are here to help!

Contact Shred America

We have branches across the United States and network partners standing by to guide you during this time. Please visit us online or call our headquarters at (866) 747-3387 to speak to an information security expert.

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