iStock_000018807376_SmallProtecting data is rapidly becoming a top priority for enterprises nationwide. With the number of data breaches rising, and the increasing abundance of malware, IT professionals must use the best practices in data security to ensure files and other online assets remain uncompromised. Focusing on security during a device’s use is becoming most enterprise’s top IT priority, but one phase of security that is commonly forgotten is security after a device’s lifecycle.

Communicating the importance of data discretion with employees and maintaining the best data security possible can decrease chances of an information attack during a device’s use, but forgetting to adequately clear data from a device can lead to major vulnerabilities. A study conducted last year revealed many refurbished devices contained previous users’ data, and some was personal enough to identify the past user’s identity, including messages, emails and other media.

Running a standard factory reset can clear a device of most data, but there is always a chance of recovery. For this reason, it’s imperative for companies to work with a certified electronics refurbishment company to ensure data is properly disposed of. Any businesses handling mobile devices should erase data up to NIST standards and have respective certifications.

HOBI International, Inc. is a R2, RIOS, ISO 14001 certified electronics refurbishment and recycling company. HOBI provides the best practices in data security and erasure, and has not had a single leak in more than 20 years of business.

Data security paranoia is running rampant through all enterprises. Communicating risks and proper disclosure with executives and employees can reduce chances of an attack during mobile use, but adequate security doesn’t stop there. To ensure full data security, enterprises should always work with a trustworthy data erasure provider.