In today’s digital age, organisations are becoming increasingly reliant on technology and the internet to carry out their daily operations. From storing sensitive information to managing critical systems, the need for a secure and protected technology end-of-life solution is imperative. This is where IT asset disposition (ITAD) comes into play.
ITAD refers to the process of retiring and disposing of outdated or obsolete technology equipment in a secure and environmentally friendly manner, and is an often-overlooked but critical aspect of cyber security. With the constant threat of cyber attacks, it is essential that organisations take steps to secure their technology assets throughout their entire lifecycle, including their disposal. If not properly disposed of, old equipment can pose a serious threat to a company’s security. For instance, data stored on hard drives can still be retrieved even after the equipment has been discarded – potentially compromising your business’s and clients’ sensitive information.
The goal of ITAD is to minimise the risk of data breaches and cyber attacks by ensuring that all IT assets – such as laptops, phones, desktop computers and other small devices storing data – are handled in a secure and responsible manner from the moment they are acquired until the moment they are retired.
ITAD providers use a variety of methods to erase data from electronic devices, including physical destruction and data sanitization.
What’s the difference between physical destruction and data sanitisation?
Physical IT asset destruction and data sanitization are two distinct processes that are used to address different security concerns when disposing of IT assets such as computers, hard drives, smartphones and other digital devices.
Physical IT asset destruction refers to the process of physically destroying an IT asset so that it can no longer be used or resold. This is typically done by hand-dismantling the item into pieces, shredding it, or otherwise making it unusable.
Data sensitisation on the other hand is the process of securely erasing all of the data stored on an IT asset. This is typically done through the use of data erasure software. At Computer Recycling, we utilise world-leading data sanitization software Blancco. Data sanisitation is often used when an IT asset is being retired or reused and the data stored on it is no longer needed. Choosing a data sanitization option allows businesses to re-market their assets, giving them a second life.
Partner with a professional
Partnering with a professional ITAD provider is the first step towards managing your company’s cybersecurity risks when retiring IT assets. With increasing concerns about data privacy and security, it’s important to ensure that your IT assets are disposed of properly to prevent sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.
At Computer Recycling we have a range of solutions – from Mobile Shredding Units to industry-leading data erasure software Blancco – to ensure your assets & data are securely destroyed. Computer Recycling is one of New Zealand’s leading ITAD providers, giving you the peace of mind that your business’s IT equipment is being handled in secure, compliant and environmentally responsible manner.
Whether you’re retiring outdated equipment, upgrading your technology, or simply clearing out your storage room, a professional ITAD partner can help you manage the end-of-life process for your IT assets with ease and peace of mind.
Want to learn more? Read about the importance of data erasure on our previous blog post here! If you're ready to talk to a professional ITAD partner about protecting your business's sensitive data, get in touch today.