What’s more valuable, equipment or data? Your intangible assets may be your most precious.
If a laptop is stolen, lost or on its way to be recycled, it is common to worry about the replacement value. Right off the bat, not much thought goes into replacing data or the simplicity of data recovery; the reason being you can’t reach out and touch data in the way that you can an expensive laptop. The value of a laptop is easily to calculated by looking it up on the internet and ordering a replacement.
But, what happens when a company has the best intentions of keeping corporate data secure by utilizing their own IT department for data erasure? Not only does this take time away from other company projects, with the massive amount of data lurking around corporations, a vast majority of IT departments are not equipped for the task.
Why Deleted Files Aren’t Erased Immediately
If you’re wondering why your computer doesn’t just erase files when you delete them, it’s actually pretty simple. Deleting a file’s pointer and marking its space as available is an extremely fast operation. In contrast, actually erasing a file by overwriting its data takes significantly longer. For example, if you’re deleting a 10 GB file, that would be near-instantaneous. To actually erase the file’s contents, it may take several minutes – just as long as if you were writing 10 gigabytes of data to your hard drive.
When you a delete a file, it isn’t really erased – it continues existing on your hard drive, even after you empty it from the Recycle Bin. This allows you to recover files you’ve deleted.
If only it worked like this…
If you’re not careful, this will also allow other people to recover your confidential files, even if you think you’ve deleted them. This is a particularly important concern when you’re recycling a computer or hard drive.
If your laptop or desktop computer has a traditional magnetic hard drive, it’s possible for people to recover the data from the hard drive even after you reformat it and reinstall the operating system. This is because reinstalling the operating system won’t erase every sector of the disk.
The workplace is becoming flooded with IT assets that store massive amounts of data. So much that nearly half of small businesses have experienced some sort of data loss. With over 130 million devices discarded each year, how are you sure your company’s sensitive information isn’t lying in some landfill across the world?
The key is to start thinking about the data being more expensive than the equipment.
Your data is none of our business, but keeping it secure is our top priority.
Data Security & Erasure
As enterprises across the globe face the daunting task of protecting corporate and customer data, HOBI practices the highest standards in data security from beginning to end of life. Our tech teams provide both on and off site NIST 800-18 and DOD-compliant data security and data erasure. As a result our clients are assured their most precious IT assets are in safe hands. Our data security and erasure services are fully traceable and documented to ensure your data never falls through the cracks. In fact, HOBI has had zero data leaks in our company’s 22-year history.
Data Center Relocations
HOBI experts are trained in server and data center relocations. Providing our clients with best-in-class services, HOBI’s server relocation services reduce the risk of improper moving and avoid overloading internal resources within a company. From disassembly, transportation and reassembly, HOBI leads the industry in proper server relocation.
Data management is a crucial function of any enterprise asset management process. HOBI realizes the detrimental affects of the mishandling of sensitive data, diminishing both financial assets and credibility.
Data management is also one of the most scrutinized practices. Who can you trust? Since 1992, enterprises have partnered with HOBI because of their knowledge of data transferring and security. Through onsite and offsite data transfer services, HOBI offers enterprises nation-wide top-notch data management, while eliminating the risk of lost or stolen data.
Through HOBI’s enterprise asset services, experts are able to alleviate the burden of IT asset management, minimize the risk of data breach from improper recycling and maximize the return on IT investments.
Contact HOBI for more on how EASE will fit with your enterprise asset management plan.