It’s entirely possible that the best mobile data erasure tactic is to just make the device completely disappear.
If there’s one big drawback to mobile computing, especially in entities like the federal government, it’s the risk that a device could be lost or stolen, putting sensitive data in the wrong hands. Some mobile asset management solutions can remotely lock or wipe lost and stolen devices, but what if they could make devices disintegrate instead?
Despite the effort of the federal government to completely disintegrate mobile devices along with their data, you have other options! Although the risk of a data breach cannot be completely erased, mobile asset management provides business owners a pathway to sound mind when it comes to protecting their company’s sensitive data.
Data security may be a top priority for your company, but do your employees feel the same?
How much is corporate data worth?
According to a report by Business News Daily, nearly two-thirds of employees who use a mobile device think the corporate data stored on it is worth a mere $500 or less. This is most likely laughable to CIOs. Data may be carried around in the employee’s pocket, but the half-million-dollar fines realized due to data loss come out of the company’s pocket.
Should an employee be punished for losing a mobile device?
Among those employees who do feel punishment is order, the majority thinks having to replace the device on their own or getting lectured about the incident are appropriate penalties.
Employees who have had their company devices stolen or lost still don’t take security very seriously. The research found that 35 percent of those who had lost their mobile phones did not change their security habits afterwards.
When was the last time your company revamped its data erasure methods for mobile devices?
While mobile devices present unique opportunities never before seen in the corporate world, the surge of tablets and smartphones should be handled with caution. Neglect of proper data erasure can lead to a company wide data breach.
Here are some steps to designing an ideal corporate data erasure policy:
1. Detect possible outlets of data breach The BYOD era has allowed the possible sources of a data breach to reach an all time high. Employees misplace laptops that are harboring sensitive company data or there’s the possibility hackers have infiltrated a network to gain access to the data.
2. Select a data destruction method When your company decides to send old equipment out to be recycled or remarketed by a certified ITAD organization, choosing a proper data destruction method is crucial. If your company partners with an organization that does not comply with environmental regulations for recycling e-waste, you’re held liable as well. By partnering with an R2 certified recycler, your company can avoid costly fines and diminished customer confidence from incomplete data destruction.
3. Consider a NAID AAA certified organization Partnering with a National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) AAA certified ITAD vendor might be the most significant step your company can take to in data security. An electronics recycler that is AAA certified from NAID demonstrates the vendor has undergone an in depth auditing process and has shown its facilities, employees and data destruction practices meet the highest standards set forth.
4. Incorporate data erasure into your complete ITAD plan Integrating a proper data erasure method into your complete ITAD plan should be a step by step process for the most secure outcome. Everyone in your business should be aware of proper ITAD procedures so nothing slips through the cracks. Data erasure should be an integral part of this procedure.
By taking these steps, your company can avoid risking not only your own data security but your customer’s as well. Without a secure and reliable outlet for data destruction, devices containing sensitive company information could easily get out of your control.
HOBI International is an R2-certified ITAD vendor, specializing in mobile lifecycle management. Our pioneered MobileLife process provides the highest level of security whether conducting on-site data erasure services, on-site data destruction, or secured transportation. HOBI uses best-in-class tech teams across the U.S. to provide NIST 800-18 and DOD compliant data sanitation and data destruction. This is a fully traceable and documented system for inventory and erasure.