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What are some of the risks to digital and physical media and valuables?

(Transcript) In a tangible sense, companies must be aware of the many physical forces that can damage, if not completely destroy, their data, and take steps to protect themselves from these potential threats. It doesn’t take a catastrophic fire to destroy computer media and other valued records; fluctuations in temperature or humidity, dust particles, magnetic fields, and UV light can be just as dangerous and ultimately as devastating.

Fires can erupt for many reasons, some of which we may not even think about or recognize. Faulty wiring, lightning strikes, carelessness, arson, riots, equipment malfunctions—fires can be sparked in countless ways. It is easy to believe that your records and servers are safe from damage, but that can seem a bit naive in these days of upheavals and unintended consequences.

Indeed, the old model of storing records in warehouses suitable for storing warehouse commodities is no longer acceptable, especially for electronic records. This is especially true against the backdrop of recent media headlines and courtroom rulings that hold corporate officers legally and financially accountable for protecting and producing their company’s vital records.

There is no substitute for, or low-budget alternative to, FIRELOCK® fireproof modular vaults. The modern world of risk can be managed as CEOs and Boards of Directors, as well as curators, historians, researchers, and other responsible parties, seek to protect valuable, irreplaceable assets while keeping them accessible at a moment’s notice.

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