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IT Asset Disposal

Given that the technology is constantly evolving, non-leased IT assets have to be disposed by corporations, giving way to new ones. However, you cannot just toss them out into the dumpster. Old computers, data servers, printers, copiers and so on add value to an organization, when in use. Computers and data servers hold personal and valuable information, which have to be taken seriously for a safe IT asset disposal.

Corporate businesses need to have a person dedicated for IT asset disposal. He/she should take care of determining the age of IT assets, find out if it is time for the disposal of those, and sort out a strategic plan for the various IT assets.

Considerations for the safe IT asset disposal:

  • Take a full-inventory of the equipment marked for IT Asset Disposal.
  • Perform back-ups on servers and computers.
  • Identify a reliable data processor, who can process your data in a safe and secure manner.
  • Identify the ones that can be used for less-critical business operations.
  • Delete valuable and risk-prone data from the assets
  • Identify the ones that can be traded-off for new ones.
  • Identify a service provider for the rest.
  • Identify a scrap person for those that cannot be easily discarded.
  • Donate the ones that can be of use to schools and colleges.

Role of IT Asset Disposal Staff:

IT Asset Disposal staff plays a crucial role in the entire process. Valuable data within the organization can be critical and non-critical. A strategy needs to be in place to back up the critical data on a regular basis. A reliable data processor has to be identified in order to back up the non-critical data. A contract has to be in-place between the firm and the data processor, so that the work is done in a secure manner.

Personal data protection is a serious risk, when it comes to IT asset disposal. Appropriate technical and organizational measures have to be taken, so that no accidental loss of data takes place. This is true for financial institutions and major corporations, who deal with volumes of valuable data. When performing the IT Asset disposal, it is also advisable to appoint a Risk Assessor to work alongside the IT Asset Disposal staff. One in 10 second-hand hard drives sold online contains valuable data. Hence, it is always better to be extra cautious.

Need Help Disposing of IT Assets? Unitiv can help. Contact us at info@unitiv.com to learn more.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.