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IAITAM: Companies Continue To Fumble Proper Disposal of Hard Drives & Other Equipment

CANTON, OH – May 20, 2019 –  Companies are still coming up short when it comes to proper disposal of hard drives, computers and other equipment containing sensitive data. To remedy that problem, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) will focus on proper disposal procedure during its May 22-24, 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in San Diego, California.

ACE is the world’s largest ITAM conference and will explore the latest in IT Asset Management and how these practices affect business operations and profits.  Key speakers at the IAITAM 2019 ACE Conference will address, in several sessions, the trending topic of data security: Best Practices When Choosing a Hardware ITAD Partner ; Maximize Your Retired Equipment Value;  and World’s Largest Residual Data Study on Second-Hand Devices .  For more information on ACE registration and speakers visit https://ace2019.iaitam.org/.

IAITAM President and CEO Dr. Barbara Rembiesa said: “It may seem like the easy and cheapest option is buying and reselling used electronics. However, this practice can be detrimental to corporate integrity if not handled properly. IT Asset Managers should have absolute confidence that all sensitive information has been thoroughly deleted. Failing to wipe drives clean before they are sold, discarded or recycled poses risks to a brand’s reputation and customer protection.”

eBay and Craigslist sellers have been under fire for selling electronics with private information leftover from poorly stripped data removal efforts. According to a study completed by Blancco Technology Group 11 percent of used hard drives and solid state drives (SSDs) sold on eBay and Craigslist contain sensitive corporate data. Almost every reseller that the study questioned insisted that they had employed proper data disposal techniques before listing the equipment.

Company emails, sale projection spreadsheets, financial records and product inventories are among the types of information that were found in the Blancco Technology Group analysis. More than a third (36 percent) of the residual data found was a result of improper deletion methods.

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