You know the people who blindly yell at the screen during horror movies: “No! Don’t do it! Don’t go in there!” Well, that is how IT asset management and disposition (ITAD) organizations feel when companies throw caution to the wind when it comes to data security with IT equipment. Like any horror movie, a data breach can be a never ending nightmare for anyone involved.
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. Using, HOBI Shield® a NIST-compliant service that has been verified by forensic data specialists as a trustworthy system for completely removing data from devices, 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.
No matter what size or industry your company is, a proper ITAD process is crucial. Company financials, private passwords, personal customer data and so much more can be leaked through the cracks if devices are not properly sanitized by a certified ITAD vendor. Once you have wisely decided to partner with a certified ITAD and asset management organization, now comes the question that haunts IT managers – deciding between 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. HOBI also can boast zero data escapes in the company’s 27-year history!
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?
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 opportunity for a data breach that could cost your company thousands.