Protecting the personal information of your company and its customers has become a critical issue in today’s online business world, as even the smallest data breach can not only create vulnerabilities but also cause irreparable harm to your company’s reputation. For this reason, businesses invest significant resources in online security and establish protocols designed to ensure that employees are following online security best practices.
Despite these proactive precautions, one area that tends to be overlooked is the IT asset disposition process. When a company upgrades its computers, servers, or mobile devices, the unwanted devices contain information that needs to be removed before they are disposed of. A computer or server that goes to a recycling center could be an easy target for a hacker, even if the previous owner believes that all important information has been deleted.
HOW TO ENSURE THAT YOUR COMPANY’S DEVICES ARE WIPED
When your company’s unwanted IT assets are heading for recycling, it’s still important that they are wiped of data before you hand them over to a third party. The process for removing data involves resetting the hard drive and reinstalling the operating system, but even that’s not enough because data can still be recovered from devices with certain types of drives.
That’s where encryption enters the picture. Most devices come with built-in encryption tools that allow you to encrypt the drives to ensure that information can’t be accessed. However, this process can be burdensome for large companies dealing with a significant number of devices, and its success depends on the expertise of those tasked with it.
TRUST YOUR IT ASSET DISPOSITION TO THE EXPERTS
If you’d rather not have to worry about whether every piece of electronics that leaves your facility has been properly wiped, why not partner with IT asset disposition specialists who guarantee that your private data will never fall into the wrong hands? Cascade Asset Management has been providing IT asset management services since 1999 and has helped companies of all sizes ensure that their unwanted devices are disposed of safely and properly.
Our IT asset disposition process ensures NAID AAA Certified secure data destruction and allows you to select what you’d like to do with your devices once they’ve been wiped. Recycling is a popular option for devices that are no longer usable, and we’re certified to the e-Stewards Standard for Ethical and Responsible Reuse, Recycling, and Disposition of Electronic Equipment and Information Technology. What’s more, our computer recycling process converts devices into recyclable resources and includes disassembly, shredding, and containment of hazardous materials.
Additionally, if any of your devices are still viable for use, you can choose to:
- Redeploy them within your organization
- Donate them to a local nonprofit or charity organization
- Sell them through the Cascade Marketplace or wholesale channels
CONTACT US TODAY TO LEARN MORE
It’s important that your company utilizes responsible practices when disposing of unwanted computers and electronics, especially if you’re part of a highly regulated industry like healthcare, finance, government, or technology. Contact Cascade Asset Management today and let us tell you more about our computer recycling and asset disposition services.