Should I be wiping my old IT equipment?

With GDPR now in full effect, it’s easy to think that your data is now protected for the foreseeable future.

 

Sadly though, any data from older machines or devices can still be vulnerable to data breaches. Just imagine what could be pulled from your old email accounts…

Therefore, it’s worth considering what devices you may have that could be holding data from synchronised accounts, sim cards or even inbuilt storage.

Don’t be alarmed into thinking that it stops at just individuals though…

Recently itpro.co.uk reported about dissolved computer company NCIX. Who have had old servers appearing for sale on Craigslist and eBay. These were available due to company servers being needlessly removed and not destroyed properly.

Incredibly, a dedicated computer researcher has managed to find data relating to a whopping 3.8 MILLION orders on just one of these servers.

Have we got your attention?

Alongside this, a survey from probrand.co.uk has revealed that 30% of businesses in the professional services industry have failed to wipe old machines. And they have even detailed the industries of work where IT equipment hasn’t been wiped.

Here’s the list of the top 10 industries which are most guilty of not clearing the memory of IT equipment before it is disposed of:

 

  1. Transportation – 72%
  2. Sales and marketing – 62%
  3. Manufacturing – 59%
  4. Utilities – 58%
  5. Retail – 57%
  6. Education – 54%
  7. Leisure and travel – 49%
  8. Healthcare and hospitality – 45%
  9. Trades / administration – 44%
  10. Information and communication – 39%

 

A simple hard drive wipe isn’t as effective as it’s thought to be. Yes it will appear that the files have been removed, but that isn’t the answer to completely erasing the history of a user on that computer, let alone confidential customer information.

Probrand.co.uk also highlighted that 48% of workers admitted they wouldn’t know who to approach within their company to solve the issue.

So, what can I do?

The answer is pretty simple, leave it to the experts.

We are finding more and more companies are trying to take on the task of professionally wiping equipment but are actually leaving themselves exposed to future data threats,

Because of this, we are an talking more and more about the services we provide and how we can even provide certificates of destruction – ensuring your equipment and data is in safe hands.

If you’re looking to put your mind at rest and want to ensure the safety of your own or your clients personal data. Get in contact with us on 02920 887 362 or send us an email at info@excellence-it.co.uk

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