As the year winds down, it’s time for your company to start considering the fate of old, run down IT equipment. Computers, printers, fax machines, etc., your company acquired during the Bush administration – they all need an upgrade!
Whichever route you choose for disposing your outdated IT equipment – recycle, donate or trade-in – failure to take advantage of proper data erasure services could be like putting your company’s sensitive information right into the hands of a data thief.
Did you know the average value of a lost or stolen laptop is $49,246 and only 2% of this total accounts for the price of a new one? According to data breach trends, the cost of a data breach on this one laptop makes up about 80% of the total cost!
You may be thinking, “data erasure? My IT guys can take care of that for me.” This can give a false sense of security. Most companies are not certified and do not possess the proper equipment to handle the massive amounts of stored data. You can’t put a price tag on peace of mind that your information is secure.
Once you have wisely decided to partner with a certified ITAD and asset management organization, now comes the question that haunts IT managers - On-site or Off-site data erasure?
Some companies are simply not comfortable with the thought of information leaving their facility, even in the care of a certified IT asset management and ITAD vendor. The HOBI team is successful at providing the highest level of security when conducting on-site data erasure or data destruction and even secured transportation. Data erasure experts are fully trained and equipped to perform data sanitation at the same level that is accomplished off-site at their secure ITAD facility.
If company policy is to physically destroy hard drives that contain personal and company data, consider the increased value the IT assets will have with an intact hard drive. For this reason, partner with an ITAD organization that specializes in data erasure instead of physical destruction. Especially in a time where Bring your own device (BYOD) is so popular in the workplace, your company can’t risk data leaks. When hard drives have gone through a proper data erasure process from a certified ITAD organization rather than destroyed, they remain functional and more likely to be resold on the market.
Are you getting the most value possible out of your IT equipment?
HOBI’s IT asset management services include on-site, as well as off-site, services such as de-installation and removal, data erasure, hard-drive destruction, and logistics management. Our professionals use the best practices to provide NIST 800-18 and DOD compliant data sanitation and data erasure to ensure information doesn’t slip through the cracks during refurbishment and recycling.
You don’t have to learn the hard way if you do it right the first time. Partnering with a certified ITAD and asset management organization significantly closes the window of opportuntiy for a data breach that could cost your company thousands