Thanks to fast paced technology, companies are becoming more and more aware of the importance of cyber security. However, not as many people are aware about the importance of physical data security. While it is important to have firewalls to protect data in the cloud, old IT assets such as old hard drives need to also be protected. Here is some good advice about IT asset disposal.
The first thing to realize is that you simply can’t throw away old hard drives IT assets. Since old data remains in hard drives even after being deleted, it is imperative that these IT assets are properly disposed. In order to do this, a third party data destruction company should be reached. However, not all companies are the same. When looking for a company who will dispose of your IT assets, make sure that they carry a Waste Carrier License. Licensed companies should also be able to provide you with WEEE Certification. This certification means that they will provide you with a Duty of Care Transfer Note and a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note. These notes means that the company is working under all environmental protocol and are up to standard.
Another thing to consider is whether or not they offer mobile shredding or pickup options. Some companies will come to you and bring their own data shredding equipment. Other companies will offer a secure pickup of all old assets and will then transfer equipment back to their facility. It is there that your IT assets will be destroyed. Finally, another thing to consider is whether or not they can provide a sample asset report. The asset report is a detailed breakdown of all the equipment that they have collected from you. Reports often include information such as equipment make and model, serial number, equipment specifications, and condition of the product.