Following our most recent audit, EOL IT Services Ltd are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the highest level of accreditation that the Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance (ADISA) can offer – a Distinction with Honours. ADISA, with over 44 UK members, has only awarded this level of certification to a total of four other members and achieving this confirms EOL’s position as being at the very forefront of the IT Asset Disposal and Data Security industry.
Storing Computer Data in DNA
Microsoft and scientists from the University of Washington have made a recent breakthrough in the field of DNA data storage that could transform the way we store data in the future.
Researchers have come up with a new way to encode digital data in DNA, enabling them to create the highest-density large-scale data storage scheme yet invented.
The storage capacity of DNA is astounding, with a single gram of DNA capable of storing 215 petabytes (215 million gigabytes). This means that all the data on the internet could feasibly fit into a container the size of a shoebox, while every bit of data accumulated by humans in history could be stored in a couple of pickup trucks.
The implementation of the GDPR is fast approaching, and the new regulation will change the way in which all businesses collect, store and dispose of their data from 25th May 2018. In order to avoid hefty fines and damages to reputation, businesses will need to ensure complete compliance throughout the entire lifespan of any of its data. To help your business ensure GDPR compliance, we have put together a guide of everything you need to know about data destruction under the new GDPR.
Does your company keep or process the personal data of EU citizens? If so, are you prepared to meet the challenge set by the GDPR when it comes to disposing of end of life data safely and securely?
The first step to ensuring that your data is protected at the end of its life is in establishing a formal policy that outlines specific guidelines in relation to IT asset disposal (ITAD).
The impending implementation of the GDPR means that there is more pressure than ever to ensure the safe and effective disposal of all your redundant IT equipment. For this reason, it is important that you choose the correct supplier for your ITAD (IT Asset Disposal) needs. At EOL, we understand that making this choice can be difficult, which is why we have put together these four further questions, in addition to the four we asked in September 2017, that you should ask a potential ITAD supplier.
What is your resale/ recycle policy?
With the impending implementation of the GDPR, which will come into place on 25th May, there is more pressure than ever on businesses to handle their data effectively – even when you no longer require certain data. This means that you also need to take extra care when it comes to disposing of your IT assets – an area where data security can get overlooked. In order to ensure your compliance with the GDPR, and peace of mind that your data is secure, we cover 5 tips to help you dispose of your IT assets securely.
When the time comes to upgrade your computer hardware, or to relocate to new business premises, you are likely to be left with a number of unwanted computer assets. While the temptation may be to store these in a dark room somewhere, or to sell them quickly en masse, you should take care to protect assets which still contain large quantities of sensitive business data. Simply formatting the hard drive of a data-bearing asset, such as a PC or a Mac, is insufficient to ensure that data is eradicated completely. To protect your business from any costly and highly damaging data breaches, it is often necessary to engage a third party to carry out data destruction services in order to ensure that your data remains secure and that your business is protected.
When the time comes to upgrade your IT equipment, or to relocate to new business premises, one of the biggest challenges you face is finding an ITAD partner you can trust. Your ITAD vendor will be responsible for the collection, auditing and recycling or destruction of sensitive data bearing assets, the mishandling of which could result in serious financial and reputational repercussions for your company.
How do you know which potential ITAD partners to trust, and which to avoid? Industry accreditations and certifications are a great way of evaluating the experience and competency of an ITAD vendor, and can help you to avoid unlicensed operators who could place your data, and your company, at risk.
EOL IT Services are delighted to announce that we are now CAS-S certified (under the NCSC Assured Sanitisation Service), as an approved service provider.
CAS(S) provides assurance that a sanitisation service conforms to the relevant HMG IA policy and guidance and confirms EOL’s capabilities include offering the highest level of secure data sanitisation. Our expert data destruction team are now qualified to destroy data up to the Government’s “Secret” level.
EOL have also been assessed by and met the CPNI standard for secure onsite destruction services of sensitive data bearing media and are included in the CPNI’s Catalogue of Security Equipment. Under this certification, EOL continue to provide both fixed and mobile location data sanitisation services which include erasure, shredding and degaussing to the level of “Secret”.
The healthcare industry is unique in the sheer volume of sensitive data which it generates and processes on a daily basis, all of which is managed on a vast network of IT devices – but what happens when the hardware on which this data is stored needs refreshing, and reaches the end of its lifespan?
What is ITAD?
The process of disposing of end of life IT assets is know as IT asset disposal, or ITAD for short. IT asset disposal, is a complex, specialist process, and often requires the assistance of a dedicated ITAD vendor to ensure your assets are disposed of safely and securely.