The Dangers of Free IT Asset Disposal: Regulations

In a previous blog post, The Dangers of Free IT Asset Disposal: Data Security, we covered the threat posed to data security by free IT disposal. A data security breach is not the only risk you run when choosing a free IT disposal service provider however, as there are a number of legally binding industry regulations which also need to be observed when disposing of IT assets.

In part two of our ‘Dangers of Free IT Asset Disposal’ series we take a closer look at some of the regulations which govern the disposal of IT assets, and ask whether a free ITAD provider can be entrusted to comply with them.


How to Dispose of a Company Computer Securely

In today’s increasingly digital world, computers are indispensable to most companies. Not only do they allow employees to do their jobs, computers are also used to store sensitive data about the company, its employees and its clients. This means that when your company needs to dispose of their computers, either because of a malfunction, or a company upgrade, they must ensure that they do so securely. Currently, failure to do this could put you at risk of breaching the Data Protection Act 1998, which could have severe financial, legal and reputational consequences – and post May 2018 the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which will replace the UK’s Data Protection Act, now that the UK government has confirmed the decision to leave the EU, will not change the adoption of this new regulation.


How to Erase Mobile Data Securely – The Limitations of Factory Reset

Whether or not we like it, we are becoming more and more reliant on mobile devices – an average person will check theirs 46 times per day.  Not only are they practically indispensable in our personal lives, many of us couldn’t realistically do our job without them. Because of this almost constant use, our mobile devices are used to store sensitive data – both personal and professional – which means it is especially important that you securely erase any data from these devices when you no longer need them, whether you are selling, recycling or giving your mobile device to a friend. Too many people falsely believe that a factory reset is sufficient, which puts their data in danger. It is possible to securely erase data from mobile devices, but it is a matter of knowing how to do so.


GDPR: Why does it matter and how to get it right

When the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018 it will transform the way that any organisation has to look after personal data.  Increasingly however, we are finding organisations are “GDPR-ed” out – exhausted and already switched off by the mountain of information out there. So, why is it important and how can you get your house in order?

GDPR matters – So what is the GDPR?

It is a new EU regulation governing how organisations should store, handle and protect anyone’s personal data.


The Dangers of Free IT Asset Disposal: Data Security

No one ever likes to spend money unnecessarily, and it is great when you find a free or low cost service that will do the job properly. However, IT disposal is not an area in which it pays to cut corners. The financial savings you may make are invalidated by the data security risks you take by choosing free IT disposal over an accredited and reputable company.

In the first part of our two-part series on this important issue, we focus on some of the main data security dangers of free IT disposal.


EOL Supports Lifelites Charity

How can your old IT equipment make a difference?

At EOL we often discuss the residual value that may be present in your redundant IT equipment and how this can help dwindling IT budgets … but what about helping others?

EOL’s clients can choose to donate any residual value in redundant IT equipment to a charity of their choice or in the case of many of our clients, EOL’s chosen charity.

Recently an EOL Client donated over £5000 to our chosen charity – Lifelites.  Lifelites is a natural choice for EOL to support because of the work it does for terminally ill and disabled children, through the magic of technology.


What is Wannacry?

On Friday 12th May 2017, a large cyber-attack using WannaCry ransomware, targeting Microsoft Windows operating systems, was launched.

It has swiftly infected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries (with the ransom payments being requested in bitcoin in more than 28 languages) and Europol have described the attack as “unprecedented in scale”.

The spread of the attack was slowed greatly when a researcher found an effective kill switch and bought companies valuable time to patch their systems, which greatly slowed the speed of new infections.  But what is Ransomware?


EOL Appoints New Commercial Director

EOL is delighted to announce that it has appointed Steve Inglessis as Commercial Director. Steve will bring over 20 years of experience within the IT industry to his new role to develop new products and services that will help organisations protect data and eradicate incidences of data breach when the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force.

Prior to joining EOL, Steve was UK Country Director at Blancco, where he successfully managed the UK sales team in growing the business, whilst also maintaining key accounts within the ITAD industry.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – Our mission.

Steve Inglessis, Commercial Director, EOL IT Services comments

Steve Inglessis will help develop new products and services that will help organisations protect data and eradicate incidences of data breach when the General Data Protection Regulations


EOL IT Services appoints ex Blancco Head of Sales as Managing Director

EOL are pleased to announce that they have appointed Daniel Smith as Managing Director. With over 20 years of enterprise experience, Smith has joined EOL IT Services with an objective to ensure the business continues to meet the new requirements imposed upon the IT industry through the arrival of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Formally Global Head of Sales at Blancco, where he continued to drive the business forward during their acquisition by the Regenersis Group into a PLC environment, Smith also served as a Board Member of the newly formed Blancco Technology Group and brings extensive experience of Environmental and Security legislation with him into EOL IT Services.


What should you look for in an ITAD?

The things to consider

Whether you are relocating, refreshing your IT estate or heading to the cloud – you will undoubtedly generate redundant IT hardware and as a result will need to ensure any residing data on that equipment is adequately erased.

When choosing to trust a new partner to manage your IT Assets and Confidential Data, you face a dilemma.  How do you know you’re making the right decision?  What criteria, industry guidance or performance measures do you work from, to ensure your decision is solid?


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