Today marks the 14th Data Protection Day. Taking place across Europe every year on the 28th January, the day is a reminder for businesses and individuals to reflect on their data rights, practices and how they might mitigate potential security threats.
Through increased data awareness and the introduction of legislation such as GDPR, more organisations view safeguarding personal data as a key priority. However, as data becomes increasingly valuable to cybercriminals and cyberattacks become more sophisticated, organisations must adopt a proactive approach to threat management and limit risk at every stage of their business functions.
This Data Protection Day, take the time to review your cybersecurity strategy and if necessary, make revisions to protect you and your customers by eliminating potential weaknesses. Here are some areas you may not have previously considered:
Managing the end-of-life stage for your devices
Companies often focus on how they process data at the moment of capture when thinking of their data policies. Some organisations fail to take into account the end-of-life care of their devices. Businesses need to ask the question – “what happens to my IT equipment when I dispose of it?”
Simply dumping IT or using an unaccredited disposal partner puts your organisation at risk of a data breach. Your old devices and the data they contain could potentially fall into the wrong hands. Likewise, old hardware left untouched in a corner of the office is at high risk of theft. Partnering with an experienced and accredited IT disposal partner can ensure that all data on old devices is completely destroyed before the device itself is safely disposed.
A key consideration for any IT leader should be whether their current supports can keep up with their organisation’s growth. Data destruction is no different. Periods of business growth may mean that the scope of your requirements change. Avoid stretching your security by investing in bullet-proof security processes as you grow.
Chose an IT disposal partner who has the capability to handle the volume of data and devices you need to dispose of and who can service all the locations and market you are located in.
As well as protecting against data leaks, responsible data and device management also includes limiting your impact on the environment. Refreshing hardware is integral to staying on top of security threats, but creates a need to dispose of older equipment. Environmental regulations mean that equipment dumped in a negligent way can lead to considerable fines and reputational damage.
Choosing the right disposal partner
The right IT partner helps to support you sustainability efforts. Devices can be wiped of data and resold to education institutions, small businesses or charities to extend their life. Any equipment not suitable for resale should be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner with no waste sent to landfill.
By choosing AMI as your IT disposal partner, you can ensure your IT disposal process is compliant with EU regulations. You’ll also enjoy a range of further benefits, including the highest level of security accreditations, lowered environmental impact and even new revenue streams from the resale of IT equipment. Learn more at amiltd.ie/contact-us/