Small and large businesses should assess high tech and low tech risks to the company and legal compliance to the existing Data Protection Act and the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect in 2018 and will see businesses fined for data protection breaches. Information security may not be your number one priority when starting a new business, but neglecting the potential dangers could put your business at a great risk. One common mistake for managers and executives is assuming that their small business is at a lower risk compared to other larger businesses. Contrary to this assumption, small businesses are at an equal, if not, greater risk to being the victims of cybercrime and business identity fraud. A common reason for this is that smaller businesses may not have the budget and resources that many larger businesses may have, often leaving them more vulnerable to malicious and opportunist attacks. High-tech risks regarding Internet security, viruses, malware and ransom attacks to your network, websites, social media etc. Which can lead to serious financial loss, loss of operational control of your business, intellectual loss of company information, loss of customer accounts and information, financial prosecution under the Data Protection Act. However, the long effect on your business reputation and Consumer Confidence will have a more damaging effect on your business. However, just as important management should also be aware of low-tech risks effecting the business regarding paper records management controls, such document security with clean desk policy’s, waste bin audits to assess confidential paper records, storage of waste sacks internally and externally, vetted of staff as well cleaners. Lidentity theft is growing at an alarming rate, with criminals using increasingly sophisticated techniques to obtain personal data. And the dangers aren’t limited to individuals or large corporations either. Business identity theft is also on the rise, with small businesses being particularly vulnerable. Paper Data: All businesses will have paper records of some description, including data concerning their finances and employees, and customer records. These records must be securely locked away, with limited access. In addition, all records you no longer require must be shredded. Simply throwing them in the bin is an open invitation to criminals. Confidential paper records should be securely stored to reduce the risk of opportunist theft by cleaners, disgruntled employee or criminals. Secure consoles are the ideal solution with regular onsite or offsite shredding services, giving customers legal compliance and peace of mind. Perrys Recycling, which was founded in 1962, specialised in recycling & off site shredding with one depot in Baltonsborough, Somerset processing around 175 tonnes per week. The family business has grown organically in line with customer needs for legal and environmental compliance. We now operate four shredding & baling depots in the South West - Yeovil (Marston Magna HQ), Bridgwater, Bristol and Bideford. With a fleet of over 30 vehicles servicing customers throughout South West processing over 1200 tonnes per week for shredding & recycling and recovery with zero waste to landfill solutions.