How proper IT hardware disposal boosts data security


How proper IT hardware disposal boosts data security

According to the 2018 State of IT report from Spiceworks, nearly half (44%) of companies expect to see a rise in IT budgets this year, while 43% predict they will remain the same as in 2017.

And it seems that new IT hardware will see the greatest share of the IT budget, with nearly a third (31%) expected to be spent in this area.

Comparing this data to previous IT spend trends, TechRepublic believes we have entered an IT hardware buying cycle, with companies seeking to take advantage of the latest tech and enhanced computational power.

And this certainly seems to be the case, with the Spiceworks report revealing that nearly a third (32%) of the expected IT hardware purchases will go towards new desktop and laptops. Enterprises self-reporting as small businesses with fewer than 100 employees are the key drivers of this buying trend, with investment in desktops and laptops taking 36% of the overall budget.

While larger enterprises are also planning on upgrading their desktops and laptops, they were also putting resources into acquiring cloud-based services.

It is clear that enterprises of all sizes are planning to replace their old IT hardware with new hardware at an increased pace this year. As a result, there will be a rise in businesses decommissioning and disposing of older hardware.

But how much planning has gone into the disposal of old hardware?

As TechRepublic notes, disposing of hardware had been an afterthought for many years, however, we now live in a data-driven era and businesses can no longer afford to be complacent about hardware disposal.

Data is increasingly important in the success of enterprises, and data security now requires a formal and standard procedure when it comes to the decommissioning of IT hardware. With data breaches a growing risk, companies cannot ignore the risk associated with nonchalant hardware disposal -- such an approach could leave your business open to exploitation.

Regardless of the size, all enterprises must work to standardise their procedures for the decommissioning and disposing of old IT hardware and it is vital that this is seen as a data security protocol.

3 Step IT comment

Whilst security is of course top of mind when planning disposal of old IT equipment, there are two further reasons why we believe it makes good business:

1. Unlock value in old IT equipment to invest in new
2. Minimise the impact on the environment (see our #movethdate initiative, to discover how we are working hard to push back the date of when we as a society consume more resources than our planet produces)

Give your IT budget a boost

We understand that businesses need to adopt the latest and best technology to compete in an increasingly digital world.

It’s clear from the report that businesses agree and that’s why they’re making significant budget commitments to modernise their IT estate (laptops, desktops, mobiles).

However… could you make your budget go further?

The majority of time there is always value in old IT equipment. By unlocking that value, businesses can raise additional capital to invest in new IT equipment.

Security is key, but are businesses really prepared?

In a previous blog post ‘Is your business ready for the right to be forgotten’, we identified a piece of research that revealed less than half (43%) of businesses have a defined process for the methodical deletion of records and confirmation checks.

With data being the lifeblood of an organisation and GDPR just around the corner, now is the time to get a data erasure plan.

We work with customers to dispose of their old IT equipment in a military secure fashion. We data erase every device to infosec 5 standards, so it’s gone forever. You get certification too!

At the same time we give customers money for that equipment.

It’s a win/win – value and security…

If you want a partner to support your decommissioning and IT replacement needs, get in touch today.