An article on today’s USAToday.com home page, Discarded Digital Devices Can Retain Sensitive Data, reinforces the importance of protecting sensitive data in smart phones, tablets and computers. The article, geared toward consumers, does a great job alarming people about the sensitive data that is potentially available on old devices, it fails to educate on how to responsibly clear the data and dispose of those devices. It does quote financial fraud expert Mary Ann Miller as saying “companies and consumers need to work together to come up with a remedy.”
The proliferation of BYOD programs in the corporate world means companies need to be equally concerned with how mobile devices and other IT equipment are disposed. Employees increasingly use their personal devices to access and transmit work-related files and email, meaning sensitive corporate data is stored on personal devices more than ever before. Today’s mobile devices represent a significant data security issue for the enterprise and identity security for the individual. Smart phones can house as much or more data than a computer. As a result, companies need to be equally concerned with data security breeches.
Mobile devices are refreshed at a much faster rate than traditional desktop and laptop computers. With a shorter lifespan, companies with BYOD programs need to be concerned with the end-of-life disposition of these products. Mobile devices represent a significant data security issue for the enterprise and identity security for the individual. Smart phones store as much or more data than a computer. Old mobile devices also carry risk in the form of personal or corporate data remaining on the phone after it is no longer in use.
The remedy Miller says “companies and consumers” needs to develop exists with R2 (responsible recyclers) certified ITAD providers such as HOBI International.
Responsible mobile asset management ensures no personal or corporate data ever falls into the wrong hands and that the proper data erasure measures are taken. Strategically partnering with an IT and mobile asset management provider addresses the challenges of erasing data from a vast area of makes and models of cellular phones and mobile devices, including phones, SIM cards, and flash cards. This data is purged in a safe and secure environment so the devices can reenter the marketplace or be recycled responsibly.
HOBI’s overriding goal is to ensure that no personal or corporate data ever leaves its facility. HOBI’s data erasure technology addresses the challenge of erasing data from a vast area of makes and models of cellular phones, and the stringent cell phone erasure processes ensure all aspects of mobile device data security—including phones, SIM cards and flash cards—are addressed and securely processed.
During the last 10 years HOBI has developed a cell phone data erasure solution that today leads the industry in innovative processes for the protection and erasure of all makes and models of mobile devices. Newer phone models can contain emails, pictures, passwords, cookies, documents and other private information. HOBI uses a forensically tested solution to ensure total erasure of content. Some erasure processes only erase the “headers,” leaving the actual information on the phone. HOBI’s solution erases all customer data on each phone and is used by three of the largest carriers in the U.S.
To learn more about safeguarding corporate data and responsible ITAD programs, contact HOBI here.