How We Securely Eliminate Your Electronic Data | E-Recycling

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When the time comes for your company to remove old equipment to make room for new technology, how certain are you that the data saved on old assets is properly destroyed?

In today’s world, few things are as valuable as your identity and your company’s confidentiality. To ensure your interests are protected, it’s more critical than ever to find a reliable resource that will securely destroy your data prior to remarketing or recycling. When selecting a vendor to help you manage outdated assets, there’s 4 things you should look and ask for to safeguard your company’s information – and ensure your job is just as safe. Follow the tips and insights below when selecting a third-party vendor:

1.  Ask about drive destruction.

Drive shredding or destruction is one of the most critical components to guarantee data is safely destroyed. You may discover that some e-recyclers drill holes through the devices to make drives inaccessible; however, while difficult, there are ways to retrieve data off drilled devices, making this method ineffective and dangerous.

The only way to be 100 percent certain your data is safe is to have it shredded. Shredding essentially turns hard drives and storage devices into “electronic dust” which prevents any piece from being accessed, read, or duplicated. This crucial step ensures your sensitive company data never falls into the wrong hands. Watch a demo video of hard drive shredding in action below:

E-recyclers that properly destruct drives utilize state-of-the-art shredding devices. E-recyclers should have multiple shredders designated for various-sized devices such as CDs, tapes, secondary backup drives, hard drives, and more.

Following shredding, responsible e-recyclers mix your company’s device remains in with a batch of many other shredded devices as well – this further protects your company, making it physically impossible to match up like-devices to pull data from.

2. Dig into their drive purging process.

Drive purging, or degaussing, is an important step for companies that want their data eliminated before it leaves their facility – or those who want an extra layer of assurance. As mentioned earlier, simply deleting content from a hard drive will not do the trick.

Not all degaussers are created equal – companies that need above-average protection should check to see if the degausser in use is NSA certified. Additionally, e-recyclers that follow the Department of Defense’s (DoD) data destruction guidelines, meet National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, and adhere to standards of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) will help ensure proper sanitation of sensitive data from recordable media.

Degaussing can be an alternative to shredding or additional measure to secure your data – it all depends on the level of security your organization requires. Don’t worry, we’ll sit down with you to help you navigate which path to choose.

3. Receive certificate of destruction.

When you request a certificate of destruction, you’ll find peace of mind knowing that your e-recycler has taken full liability for the destruction of the device. While this isn’t always required, some companies find this extra step of protection important for the sake of their customer or client’s protection.

4. Look for certifications and seals.

Various certifications exist to ensure e-recycling companies are safely recycling and managing electronics. When you see seals like these, you know that e-recyclers are being consistently educated and are up-to-date on best practices. At the end of the day, it’s not only your data at stake, it’s the environment, too.

Find a trusted partner.

At Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, we use the most advanced techniques, equipment, and processes to guarantee your security is foremost at every point. When you work with Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, you get a trusted partner and consultant that contractually owns liability of data, adheres to NAID requirements, follows sustainable measures, and is 100 percent backed by insurance.

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If sleeping well at night because your company’s data is safe sounds like a dream to you, give us a call to discuss your e-recycling and remarketing challenges. Contact us online or call us at (833) E-RECYCL to find a better place for your outdated assets today.

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