It’s no secret that IT hardware is constantly evolving – and with those changes comes the need for updates and improvements. However, what happens to data when we get rid of outdated equipment? Companies have to be mindful of security and removal compliance, while also considering the financial implications and environmental impacts of such removal. You can’t simply toss out unwanted IT hardware. Instead, you must follow a detailed asset disposition procedure that ensures that data is kept secure, and the environment protected.
What Is ITAD?
ITAD, or IT Asset Disposal, refers to the process of removing and disposing of IT hardware. While many people are fully aware that hardware may need to be updated, upgraded, or simply thrown out – we may not always consider what that process actually includes. ITAD is the secure and compliant process of removing IT hardware with financial and environmental best practices in mind.
The Importance Of Secure IT Asset Disposition
Environmental impacts are one of the critical reasons for secure IT asset disposition. Most equipment includes e-waste, which is composed of toxic materials and heavy metals. Improper disposal of e-waste can lead to illegal shipping and improper dumping in landfills – all of which harm the environment.
The ITAD Process
While there may be quite a bit going on behind the scenes, at e-End, we want the process to be as easy as possible for our clients. That’s why we keep our process simple and straightforward.
Here are the steps that we take to ensure proper asset disposal.
- Step 1: After receiving your Request for Service, we prepare a customized proposal that suits your removal needs.
- Step 2: Once you’ve accepted and signed the proposal, our logistics specialist contacts you to schedule a visit from our data security team. Our team will contact you 30 minutes before their arrival.
- Step 3: Upon arrival, our team will inventory all IT assets that are listed for disposal.
- Step 4: After all IT assets are securely packaged and transported back to our facility, we will then complete the inspection process.
- Step 5: Once the data is removed, the equipment is then moved to recycling.
- Step 6: e-End issues a Certificate of Certified Recycling and Certificate of Certified Data Destruction for your audit records.
If required, we do allow clients to watch us destroy equipment when Witnessed Destruction is required.
Speak To A Professional Data Destruction Company
If you’re ready to move forward with data destruction, then leave all the work to the professionals. At e-End, we specialize in ITAD with a convenient process that is simple and straightforward with your business in mind. Please contact us so we can start a customized plan for proper data destruction by giving us a call at 240.713.5855 or get a quote online today. We look forward to working with you!