It seems that everyone at the moment is talking about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into force in just over a year; and rightly so with the hefty fines (up to 4% of your annual turnover) that you could suffer if you incur a data breach. With the increasing news stories of companies who have fallen victim to rising data breaches, how can you ensure that you are handling your company’s information correctly? When the time comes to dispose of your retired IT assets, you need to ensure you remain compliant and that you adhere to industry standards.
On the 25th and 26th January, AMI attended the 9th National Data Protection Conference. The event was ran by the Irish Computer Society in collaboration with the Association of Data Protection Officers. This is the largest data protection event in Ireland where the Data Protection community joins together in Dublin for a two-day programme. This year it included informative workshops and presentations from some of Europe’s top data protection professionals.
Following our recent blog, in which we outlined five ways that AMI minimises the risk of harmful data leaks, we’re taking another look at what sets AMI apart from other IT disposal providers.
AMI can create a new revenue stream for your organisation
The 28th January 2017 marks the eleventh annual Data Protection Day. To promote the day and to raise awareness of data protection best practices, Philip McMichael, Managing Director of AMI, was speaking on The Business on RTE Radio 1.
AMI, Ireland’s leading secure IT retirement company, has been appointed by ICT Services to manage the collection and data sanitisation of its customers’ laptops, PCs and other data bearing devices. Many of these devices – including 95% of laptops – are recycled and resold, following complete data sanitisation and refurbishment. The deal is worth €150,000.
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.
The end of 2016 brings a New Year and with it a fresh start. We often hear the saying “New Year, New You” but how many times do we make new year’s resolutions but then fall back into old habits before January is even over? The same is often true when it comes to reviewing work procedures and policies, but when it comes to Data Security, there are a few resolutions that should be made and not broken unless you want to run the risk of a data breach within your organisation. Continue reading…
One of the key tools launched in 2016 by the ICO was the self-assessment tool that helps small and medium sized organisations (SMEs) to assess their compliance with the Data Protection Act. The toolkit provides handy links to relevant guidance and further information, and generates a rating based on responses.
Presented by Steve Mellings, the founder of ADISA, this 30 minute recorded webinar looks at one area of data protection – ICT disposal and outlines Strategies for Secure IT and Data Retirement.
AMI opened its doors for the first time back in 2001. Originating as a computer repair shop with a small team based on the Boucher Road in Belfast, the company now ranks among the top seven of companies audited worldwide by leading global IT disposal standards body ADISA. AMI has grown significantly to become a £4 million turnover organisation with 40 staff working from two processing facilities in Dublin and Belfast, servicing a wide range of private and public sector clients throughout Ireland.