Companies that plan to operate an IT recycling policy to both reduce costs and improve their environmental credentials must have in place an effective data destruction policy to safeguard against potential data breaches.
This is the view of chief executive officer at the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) Bob Johnson, who told the readers of Insurance Risk how failing to effectively erase sensitive business files can hold considerable risks.
Both in terms of information being released to the public that should remain confidential and important company documents that could be of value to competitors, recycled IT equipment can hold a wealth of files that should not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
Mr Johnson commented: “People from anywhere in the world can buy these drives online and you can be sure the ‘bad guys’ amongst them know how to use the information for evil.”
Overall, research from NAID revealed that up to 30 per cent of computers that are sent for recycling still hold sensitive data that has not been wiped from their hard drives.
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