IT Asset Decomissioning Policies: 7 Questions You Need to Ask

A decommissioning policy is important for many reasons. It helps you maintain compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. It creates an efficient process for your IT department, and most importantly it can save you from a costly data breach. Creating the policy can be difficult as there are many aspects that must be taken into consideration. Below are 7 things that should be considered when you are defining your company’s decommissioning policy:

Responsible IT Asset Recycling

Recent studies show that more than 1/3 of companies do not practice responsible IT Asset recycling. Proper IT asset disposal is more than just tossing out your old computers. It should be a security tactic, a measure of compliance, a part of your green initiatives, and also a tool that can add financial value to depreciated assets. IT asset disposal is more than just an obligation that companies have, it is a responsibility that should be taken seriously.

The Cost of a Data Breach

A malicious attack (hacking, stealing, etc) can cost up to 25% more than a non-malicious attack. However, most data breaches occur due to the negligence from within the organization. This includes, the loss of a mobile device (cell phone, external hard drive), unsecured storage of retired computers, hard drives, and other data bearing devices. Here are a few examples of some recent data breaches that are a product of improper disposal and lost media devices.

Electronics Recycling: Why Should I Recycle?

Electronics Recycling: Why Should I Recycle? Part One of our new Tuesday series on recycling electronics is dedicated to the individual, and how recycling your personal electronics can help the environment. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, Americans now own approximately 24 electronic products per household. Constant technology upgrades mean most products become outdated in […]

The High Cost of "Free" Data Destruction

The High Cost of “Free” Data Destruction IT asset disposal made headlines around the world last week when the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined NHS Surrey £200,000 (about $300,000) over loss of secret data of more than 3,000 patients. According to the data watchdog, thousands of patient records were discovered on a second-hand NHS […]

How do you know if your electronics recycling company is legit?

How do you know if your electronics recycling company is legit? There are a number of electronics recycling companies that offer FREE drop-offs, computer recycling days and other E-waste events across the nation. For businesses and individuals concerned about proper disposal of their computers and end-of-life electronics, what are the methods for vetting a legitimate […]

TechR2 Achieves ISO 27001 Certification!

TechR2 Achieves ISO 27001 Certification! When your company works with a consultant or vendor for data security, you can’t afford for that vendor to have mediocre management practices. And if you are trusting someone else with your IT security, they had better be top notch. An easy way to objectively measure effectiveness and security is […]