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Unravelling the Minefield of End of Life IT Equipment

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The average cost of a corporate data breach is now estimated to be $4 million¹. Many people focus their concern on the potential fines; however, the largest impact comes from the cost of cleaning up after a data breach and the loss of customer confidence resulting in reduced revenue. It is estimated that over 2 billion gigabytes of data are ...

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Is your ITAD vendor meeting your ITAD needs?

Opportunity Knocks Several years ago we worked with a disposal vendor who wouldn’t play ball. We asked the vendor numerous times for specific reporting around the product they were receiving from us. This would provide us opportunity to track and trend our disposable assets and build process improvements, delivering increased financial efficiency. Our requests were routinely answered with excuses for ...

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Data Wiping Best Practices – Good, Better, Best

Remove the Data, Remove the Risk The golden rule when it comes to data security when retiring hard drives is “remove the data, remove the risk.”  Another more useful way to look at this is that the sooner the data is removed in the process, the lower your risk.  Retired drives containing data are an invitation for both intentional and ...

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5 Steps to Protect Your Data When Disposing of IT Assets

When you get rid of your organization’s old electronic devices, it’s important to make sure you’re not also getting rid of valuable data. Here are a few steps to protect your data when you’re disposing of your old IT assets recommended by the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers. Make sure your data is wiped If done the right way, ...

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Are MDM and MAM software strong enough to protect smartphone?

Growth of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in the late 2000s prompted many organizations to develop security protocols for employee-owned equipment. In response, software companies specializing in the securitization of mobile devices quickly gained acceptance. Today, 65 percent of enterprises have adopted mobile device management software to control smartphones and tablets.1 Often this control includes remote erasure of the units once they ...

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Electronics Recycling: Compliance Without Compromise

As the amount of e-waste across the globe continues to grow, secure electronics recycling and disposal is more important than ever. A recent report from United Nations University (UNU) reveals that the planet produced 41.8 million metric tons of e-waste in 2014 — an amount that could fill a line of 18-wheelers more than halfway around the earth. Your organization’s ...

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The Measure of Value Adding Asset Disposition

The inherent risks of technology retirement have led many companies to be satisfied merely if nothing bad happens. At the same time, industry consolidation has removed many best-in-breed ITAD vendors from the field, eliminating competition and further diminishing customer expectations. Today the common denominator for value recovery, lifecycle service options, and environmental results has never been lower. Asset managers often ...

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Checklist: Protecting Data During IT Asset Disposition

While not every business is required to protect each speck of data stored on their IT equipment, most companies find it’s in their best interest to do so anyway. However, without structure or guidance along with the large variety of devices storing data such as servers, hard drives, mobile devices, printers and more, some data can be overlooked by accident. ...

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The Dirty Problem of CRT Glass

By Dan Ingouf While attending the 2015 IAITAM ACE in San Diego, CA, I found myself in the midst of enjoyable and informative conversations with members and vendors.  In one conversation about disposal, the topic of types of IT equipment and disposal methods came up and my curiosity was piqued by the comment “we don’t see many CRT (cathode ray ...

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Turning Up the Heat on E-Waste

Cleaning up the planet is a big job and unfortunately, electronic waste (including organizational IT equipment) is a major contributor to the problem.  Although the exact amount of illegal e-waste is unknown, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) suggests that 60 – 90% of e-waste is being illegally traded or dumped, costing countries as much as $18.8 billion.   UN Under-Secretary-General ...

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