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Why should I consider IT Asset Recovery?
by Derek Rogers

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Because of legislation that impacts the disposal of older, out-dated network and data centre assets, it has become a reason that many executives are asking “why should I consider IT asset recovery?” Since most business organisations don’t have the necessary resources to carry out disposal of this equipment in a reliable and secure manner, they are considering IT asset recovery services. These can make sure that important data is disposed of in a secure manner and your equipment is disposed of in an environmentally correct way.

Most IT assets or computer equipment can pose environmental risks and cause legal liability issues, if not disposed of properly. The responsible recycling of electronic scrap, also known as eScrap, involves dismantling, CRT glass separation, shredding, final sorting, commodity sales and reporting. It is becoming increasingly regulated and more difficult to be in compliance with proper disposal and documentation of out-dated IT assets.

Many companies are hiring IT asset recovery companies to handle all of the red-tape issues involved, when updating their computer networks, transferring important data and disposing of the old equipment. These companies can handle the vertical integration of disposal from pickup through recycling and control the chain of custody to help reduce liability risks.

Information needs to go through asset recovery logistics, tracking, test and audit, data erasure and destruction, as part of the IT asset recovery, to manage the retired assets efficiently and securely. It takes a wide range of services in IT asset recovery to ensure that you are in compliance and the data contained on the old equipment is secured and erased for security reasons.

Even if some of the old IT asset equipment can be resold, you still need to be assured that your confidential data cannot be retrieved, especially in the case where you have business transactions that contain confidential or financial information.

Eliminating old and out-dated network equipment is more complicated than just throwing it in a dumpster or deleting files and worksheets. Because the data is burned onto the hard drive of computers, it is possible for a person to retrieve data that you thought had been deleted.

Some hard drives make a backup copy of data, even when the drive has been wiped clean and reformatted. That is how law enforcement is able to retrieve previously deleted information on criminal computers.

IT asset recovery companies know how to safely dispose or transfer the data and are subject to stringent laws on compliance for data erasure and correct disposal or recycling of the equipment. The best and most cost efficient way for most businesses is to hire the services of an IT asset recovery company, when upgrading their system, or disposing of outdated network assets.

Because the legal ramifications on compromised data can be extreme and compliance on environmental regulations carry stiff penalties, the most assured and competent way to dispose of IT assets is through a reputable IT asset recovery firm. They will handle all of the necessary tracking to be sure you are in compliance and that you can rest assured that your confidential information is kept secure.

Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for a number of UK businesses. For information on Asset Recovery and secure data disposal, he recommends Network 24.

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