Why finding the right vendor for secure IT asset disposal is so important

By: In: Data Privacy & Protection On: Mar 24, 2014
Why finding the right vendor for secure IT asset disposal is so important

Introducing Richard Mcllwaine-Biggins, Chairman, Secure Data Destruction Division of the Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA)

When you sit down and Google IT or PC destruction, some 600 businesses will appear. How do you know which to contact and which to avoid? When companies decommission PCs, they usually have a project plan in place. Unfortunately, media destruction is often an afterthought. To evaluate information risk, it’s essential to assess the lifecycle of the assets used to store and manage your information. Finding a supplier to destroy your ICT equipment is more than a matter of price; trust is essential.

Three points to consider when you’re choosing a vendor to dispose of IT assets:

  • Only work with a supplier who can offer you a contract that outlines the exact steps that both parties need to take. Examine every aspect of the agreement and don’t let any of your questions go unanswered.
  • Make certain that every member of staff employed by your disposal supplier are security vetted. Many devices that hold a great deal of data are small and easy to remove from your premises. Your information may well be sensitive, so the need for trust is imperative.
  • Check the history of the business. What customers have they worked for? Are there case studies? How long have they been in business? Your IT equipment is part of your business, so your IT destruction supplier should understand what you do and take a consultative approach. If they are reputable, they’ll help you take strong arguments for safe, secure and compliant IT equipment disposal to your board.

Want more tips on how to choose a secure IT asset disposal supplier? Download the guide now.

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Christian Toon

Christian Toon is a former Iron Mountain employee who now works closely with our business within his new role: Senior Cyber Security Expert at PwC UK. Christian's thought leadership in this space is well-acknowledged across the industry. Christian has obtained numerous industry specific and recognised qualifications, he is a qualified Prince2 Practitioner and ISO IEC 27001:2005 Lead Auditor as well as holding auditing qualifications with ISO 9001, ISO 18001 and 14001. Christian has also completed all the Information Assurance Levels from the National School of Government. Christian's application to the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) is currently under review along with a potential application to further his development with an Masters in Information Security.