When it comes to retiring your end of life IT there’s certainly no shortage of providers offering disposal services. Many companies simply choose the cheapest available option, and hand data-bearing equipment such as laptops and PCs to service providers without even considering the security of the provider’s supply chain or the potential implications of a data breach.
With companies facing potential fines of up to 4% of global gross turnover once GDPR legalisation comes into force in May 2018, Irish and Northern Irish organisations will be held more accountable for what happens to their data post end-of-life than ever before.
In the event of personal or financial data ending up in the wrong hands, failure to prove compliance could severely damage organisations. Just imagine the impact of facing a fine of up to 4% of global gross turnover or €20 million – depending on which is greater. It’s clear why handing your sensitive data over to the cheapest service provider is simply no longer an option.
AMI’s secure IT retirement solution offers the lowest risk of harmful data leaks in the industry. That’s why 25% of Ireland’s top 200 ICT user organisations, including data centres, banks, blue-chip corporations and government departments rely on AMI for their IT retirement needs. The nature of their businesses means that they are the most security conscious companies in the country; they cannot afford to risk the financial or reputational damage stemming from a potential breach, and trust AMI’s proven processes to ensure complete data destruction.
- Most technologically advanced
Our Data Erasure Lab uses the most technologically advanced equipment and processes to ensure that data-bearing equipment is erased to the most stringent global standards. We use the world’s most sophisticated Blancco data erasure software, which is used to perform 50,000 data erasures per day worldwide. This software exceeds the highest government security specifications in 15 countries, including the US, Britain and Germany.
- Most experience
We’ve had plenty of practice too: in 2015 we destroyed 46,470 Terabytes of data – equivalent to 435,000kms of books on a shelf; a shelf so big it would stretch more than 10 times around the earth!
- Audit rankings: Top 7 in world
Our security processes are industry recognised; we hold eleven international security and quality accreditations, and undergo regular security audits, as well as unannounced audits, to maintain them. What’s more, AMI is the only Irish company accredited to the global ADISA IT disposal standard, and ranks among the top 7 audited globally by ADISA.
- Continually investing in being better
We’re also continuing to invest in our security, as well as training and accreditation for our staff. In the last three years we have spent €150,000 on security measures such as end-to-end asset tracking and tagging; GPS vehicle tracking and geo-fencing, and CCTV on our vehicles. What’s more, all of our employees are 100% security cleared.
- Best processes
So, the next time you need to dispose of end of life IT, just remember that while it might seem like a lot of providers offer the same services, AMI is the only one with advanced security processes that can provide the lowest risk and eliminate your company’s exposure to possible GDPR fines for data protection breaches. Contact AMI today to find out more about our services.
Think all of this sounds expensive? Well keep an eye out for our next blog, on how AMI can offer you the highest return on your IT assets and generate a new revenue stream for your business.