The Single Most Overlooked Method to Avoid a Data Breach

by | Apr 28, 2023 | Business

Data breaches, or instances of stolen information, are a significant threat to businesses. Of course, in order to avoid data breaches, it’s crucial to implement strong security measures, train employees on cybersecurity best practices, use encryption, perform regular security audits, and update software and security patches. However, there is one key step that is often overlooked: proper disposal of IT equipment.

Improper disposal of IT equipment can result in sensitive data falling into the wrong hands, leading to significant financial and reputational damage. To avoid such situations, it is crucial to completely destroy data when disposing of old electronics, including desktop computers, servers, laptops, hard drives, and mobile devices. 

Why Do I Need to Destroy Data When Disposing of Old IT Equipment?

Many businesses overlook this step, assuming that simply wiping data from a hard drive is sufficient. However, this approach is not enough to prevent data breaches. All it takes is one disgruntled employee who decides to steal a device sitting in a closet, or a single device landing in the reuse market that still contains sensitive company data. Until that data is destroyed correctly, it will continue to be a possible avenue for a breach. 

So why is it important to destroy data when you dispose of old electronics? There are a few reasons.

First, simply deleting files or reformatting a hard drive is not enough to ensure that sensitive data is permanently removed. Data recovery techniques can easily retrieve this data, leaving your business vulnerable to a data breach. By using a certified electronics data destruction firm, you can be sure that all data is permanently destroyed, preventing it from being accessed by unauthorized parties.

Second, companies may be legally required to destroy data when disposing of old electronics, particularly those in industries such as healthcare, finance, and government. Failing to comply with these regulations can result in hefty fines and legal action. By using a certified electronics data destruction firm, you can ensure that your business is compliant with all relevant regulations.

Finally, proper data destruction can also benefit the environment. E-waste is a significant environmental hazard, and simply disposing of old electronics in landfills can be harmful to the environment. By using a certified electronics data destruction firm, you can be sure that your old electronics are being disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

Keep Sensitive Data Secure by Hiring a Certified Electronics Data Destruction Firm

To ensure that your company’s sensitive data is not accessed by unauthorized parties, you need to use a certified electronics data destruction firm. CLR Solutions is a data destruction and ITAD services company that takes a comprehensive approach to security and IT asset destruction. We destroy data by shredding, degaussing, or wiping, ensuring that your company’s sensitive data is always protected.

By hiring CLR as your trusted data partner, you will keep your company’s sensitive data protected when disposing of used electronics, and you can avoid the devastating consequences of a data breach.

Feel free to contact us with questions.

CLR Solutions is an International Secure Information Governance & Management Association (i-SIGMA®) member and adheres to their data destruction guidelines.

About The Author

Chris Regan

Chris Regan

Founder of CLR Solutions LLC, a specialized electronics recycling/refurbishing and data security services firm which offers clients secure data destruction, equipment investment recovery solutions, electronic disposal, and recycling services. Over 15 years industry experience in various leadership and management roles. A drive and determination necessary to make any project successful.