When disposing of electronic waste, data security can often get overlooked.
But as more news is coming out about big data breaches and heavy fines being levied on businesses for improperly handling electronics, data security has, in fact, become one of the most important issues to consider these days.
This subject was recently at the center of debate among a prominent group of IT experts who were discussing the latest trends within the e-waste industry.
One of the most significant claims they made was that common office electronics such as computers and servers should not be shredded. Instead, they said, that type of electronic equipment should be disposed of quite differently.
This is a claim that should be closely noted by any company dealing with any form of e-waste. This is also why we recently created a greener solution to solve the problem of big data ending up in the wrong hands. Read on to find out why this development is so important.
Prevent your Data from getting into the wrong hands
E-waste such as computers, servers and other electronic equipment can often contain vast amounts of personal and proprietary data still stored on the device.
When this type of electronic equipment inevitably reaches the end of their lifetime, you must make it a priority to consider the data stored on the equipment before looking to dispose of the physical equipment.
If left on the device, sensitive data can be especially valuable in the wrong hands, opening up your business to the potential of a cyber attack and fraud. Data Security is consequently one of the biggest concerns for companies of all sizes—even more so when it comes to disposing of e-waste.
However, as the group of IT experts highlighted, you do not have to completely destroy your electronics in order to protect yourself or reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, there are more efficient ways of managing both your data and e-waste.
Avoid Fines, Dispose of E-Waste Properly
In the attempt to minimize the costs that come with electronic waste disposal, several companies have tried to take short cuts in the past and, as a result, faced huge fines.
Apple was left with a bill of $450,000 when regulators confronted the tech giant with several hazardous waste violations at the company’s electronic waste shredding facilities.
Big Lots had to pay over $3.5 million in penalties and costs after being accused of mishandling e-waste and allowing hazardous waste to end up in landfills.
These fines can be even more disastrous to smaller businesses, so it is really vital to understand your e-waste and dispose of it correctly.
The risk of facing huge penalties and fines is undoubtedly making more companies cautious and afraid, and rightly so. When over 30% of data security breaches arise as a result of badly managed e-waste, this is not a subject to take lightly.
However, that doesn’t mean you need to go to the extreme of shredding everything to get rid of sensitive information.
One reason is that a data breach isn’t the only thing to consider when dealing with your e-waste. The environmental and regulatory impact should also be thoroughly understood before sending everything off to the shredder.
Why is the other impact important? Although we have had so many technological advances occur in the U.S., about 70% to 80% of all e-waste still ends up being shipped overseas and ending up in landfills.
If that improperly handled e-waste gets traced back to your business, it could cost your reputation.
Not to mention, if an audit is carried out, a company must be able to demonstrate they have the records and certifications demanded to show they have been compliant with all regulations for their industry. Failing to do so could also invite further penalties.
So just as technology continues to evolve as we discover new ways of improving our everyday lives, so does our thinking about data security.
But how is that possible when many companies still rely on big recycling centers to not only take away their e-waste but also protect their reputations?
Feel confident about getting rid of your e-waste
The reality is that you can’t really feel confident that a recycling center, which might be handling all types of other waste, is going to take your company’s sensitive data seriously.
That’s why Surplus Service is now offering an onsite data destruction service that confidently destroys all data from your devices—before they leave your facility.
All you need to do is call us up to request the service. We’ll come to you to take care of all your business’s data destruction, giving you the full assurance that your sensitive information will not be left exposed to the wrong hands.
Our service is perfect for off-lease equipment or when hard drives are intended for reuse. We provide hard drive serial number capturing and give a certificate of destruction that confirms all data has been removed from your devices, ensuring you are compliant with all regulatory requirements.
We also use hard drive degaussing when you just need to destroy small quantities of e-waste. This process erases data from media, and it is a cost-effective solution for smaller businesses, ensuring that you can safely destroy sensitive data without incurring huge charges.
For larger requirements, our Mobile IT Lab can utilize our hard drive shredders that will scan and shred all hard drives and media tapes onsite, providing a certificate of destruction upon completion. These shredders can process up to 4,000 hard drives in a day.
Bottom line: Whatever your business needs when it comes to e-waste and preventing a data breach, make sure that whomever is handling all your data—including financial, personal and business information—ensures it is completely removed.
Protecting your business’s reputation is just as important as maintaining your bottom line.
Surplus Service is a San Francisco, CA Bay Area-based award-winning e-waste management business that specializes in ITAD, medical recycling, electronic liquidation, reverse logistics and data eradication. As the No. 1 electronic reuse and recycling leader, our goal is to provide eco-friendly solutions that lead to the reuse of electronics rather than just having them recycled or end up in a landfill. To learn more about us, call one of our e-waste recycling specialists at (510) 226-0600 or email us at Info@SurplusService.com.