Wondering what to do with your company’s old computers and IT equipment? Worried about the sensitive data that needs to be erased during the process? If so, then you’re probably thinking that all the responsibility of destroying that data is on you. It is, in a way—but you don’t have to do all the work yourself, and in fact, you probably shouldn’t.
Certified IT recycling companies do more than just the work of breaking down your hardware and recycling it in a safe way—they also know a lot about data security and how to obtain complete data destruction.
Regulations Are No Joke
In the United States, the consequences of a data breach can be severe. Aside from the loss of trust and reputation among clients and consumers, there are also federal regulations that demand a high level of security for data, in industries such as healthcare and finance. Some regulations have relatively vague terms, but violations of these laws can be costly, and any type of data breach will be an expensive mess that no one wants to deal with. The solution? Secure and complete data destruction.
Certified recyclers are the only safe option for properly disposing of broken, outdated, or otherwise unwanted electronics, but their services often include secure data destruction. R2 and eStewards are the most common and trustworthy certifications for recyclers, and they signify a high level of compliance with environmental regulations, security standards, and safety. Reputable recyclers are knowledgeable about the different methods of effective data destruction (both digital and physical) and will take the steps necessary to protect and destroy sensitive information.
Chain of Custody—Trusting Your Recycling Company
Choosing an IT asset disposition (ITAD) company you trust can be difficult. However, responsible recyclers offer peace of mind by ensuring that the equipment is handled safely and securely, while being tracked and recorded during every step of the transport, data destruction, and recycling processes, which shows that you took the necessary steps to dispose of the equipment safely. A clear chain of custody within a knowledgeable ITAD company is the key to success in data security of old equipment.
Don’t Skimp on Security – Complete Data Destruction is an Investment
E-waste disposal and data security may be an unwanted expense, but trustworthy and complete data destruction is a good investment. Protecting your data from falling into the wrong hands is your responsibility, and breaches of that data can be extremely costly—much more costly than utilizing the services of a compliant recycler.
Susannah Bruck is a freelance blogger, editor, and ghostwriter. She has been putting her skills to use for clients since 2010, and enjoys working on formats ranging from blog posts to short stories and plays. You can find her at World Adventures