by DavidRocke on 10/10/12 at 7:38 pm
If your business is growing and needs storage for important employee or customer records, there are certain things you’ll need to look into before considering different companies and the services they offer. If you’re considering physical storage, you’ll want to consider the company’s policies on security, the construction of their buildings and vehicles, and what policies they have on pest control, among other things. If you’re using an online system or backing up your information using a cloud system, you’ll want to consider what encryption processes they use, as well as their physical location and security.
What precautions does the company you’re considering for document storage take? Among the things you should look for in a document storage company are whether or not they do background checks on their employees, as well as the types of background checks they conduct. You’ll also want to consider what security precautions they have in place, and how much security you’re willing to pay for. Are your documents sensitive enough that you need to pay for armed guards and man-traps? Or will a simple card-identification system suffice? Some document storage companies offer everything from retina scans to remote alarm systems, while others simply have a security guard posted around the clock. Decide what you need and what you’re willing to pay, and chances are you’ll be able to find a secure document company to fit your price and needs.
Construction & Document Preservation
Before choosing a document storage company, you’ll also want to know what precautions they have taken to protect your documents in the event of a natural disaster, how their buildings and document protection systems are constructed, and how they plan to help preserve your documents. Some things to consider include whether a company offers concrete reinforced buildings (which you may need if your company is located in a hurricane or storm-prone city) how the buildings are protected against fires, flooding, and other natural disasters, what pest-control systems they have in place, and whether or not their documents are protected with climate and humidity-controlled environments.
Another important aspect of a document storage company that you should examine is whether or not they offer transportation services, and how they protect documents during transportation. Do their vehicles also offer security and climate control?
Even if you aren’t shopping for “physical” document storage, it’s important that cloud storage services also ultimately must have a physical location, must offer protection against the elements, and must offer security. When examining cloud computing offers, ask about how they backup the data they store, the construction of their buildings, and how they encrypt the information they store. You may also want to avoid giving extremely sensitive information to cloud computing centers, as they often ask companies to sign waivers that relieve them of ultimate responsibility for the safety and security of the information they store.
About The Author: As a writer and computer enthusiast, David Rocke was helping his friends program their computers and protect their documents for years before he became the resident blogger for Vanguard Archives of Chicago.