IT Asset Disposition with Axiom Maintenance Services

If your business is looking to decommission post-EOSL IT assets, you may want to consider third-party ITAD (IT asset disposition) services to help you avoid the security pitfalls and hassles of the decommission process. A reliable ITAD provider such as Axiom Maintenance Services can help your business properly dispose of IT assets both responsibly and entirely hassle-free, while addressing the following key concerns:


Concern: Data security

Data can be slightly more difficult to dispose of compared to other IT assets. Unlike server hardware, data itself cannot be recycled or simply resold. Large scale disk destruction is also impractical without the proper tools. Destroying a handful of hard drives is one thing, destroying hundreds of drives is another story. On hard drives that have undergone cursory wipes, data could still be probed with forensic analysis. In a study of secondhand storage drives sold on eBay, almost half were found to still contain data involving sensitive PII (personal identifiable information).

Solution: Proper data sanitization

The best way to minimize this risk is proper data sanitization, which Gartner defines as, “the disciplined process of deliberately, permanently and irreversibly removing or destroying the data stored on a memory device to make it unrecoverable.” Gartner states, “Although data sanitization will not necessarily result in increased revenue or cost savings, it will minimize the risk of significant monetary and brand damage that can result from serious ITAD-related data breaches.”

ITAD providers such as Axiom Maintenance Services (AMS) offer reliable, cost-effective data sanitization. Backed by a team of industry veterans, AMS uses the proper equipment and offers both onsite and offsite data destruction to fulfill customer needs. We also offer full drive erasure to wipe the data slate clean on decommissioned storage drives. With AMS data sanitization, your business can focus on what it does best without needing to worry about the potential repercussions of data breaches.


Concern: Data destruction compliancy

Compliancy can also be an issue for ITAD. There have been several instances where businesses have handed data off to unqualified third-party ITAD services for data erasure. The unqualified ITAD services not only did not provide the proper certifications but failed to wipe the data entirely. In some instances, the data was even resold. The businesses had to pay an exorbitant amount of money as compensation to the victims of the data leak.

Solution: Industry-compliant certifications

To prevent situations where data erasure is not properly commissioned, businesses should partner with qualified ITAD teams that comply with data disposal and industry specific regulations. With years of experience in data sanitization, Axiom Maintenance Services performs effective data sanitization that is compliant with internationally recognized standards and adheres to DoD and NIST 800-88 guidelines. A serialized certificate is also issued for every drive that has been sanitized, which can be used for auditing purposes.

To ensure transparency in the data destruction process, Axiom Maintenance Services provides a chain of custody to keep your business in the loop every step of the way. The chain of custody features regular notifications which help your business keep track of every asset and multi-person teams to ensure that the shipments are never left unattended. The chain of custody also features hand carry which means the shipments are personally delivered and GPS tracking to help you monitor the movement of shipments.


Concern: Excess e-waste

In 2019, a record high of over 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste was generated. Of this, less than 20% was documented to be collected and properly recycled. With greater data center firepower needed and an increasing amount of hardware involved in today's IT landscape, the work involved in decommissioning servers often requires greater manpower, more time and money than ever before. With limited resources and without a proper process to decommission hardware, businesses may be unwillingly adding to the growing collection of e-waste, leaving potentially harmful materials and chemicals in the environment while leaving serialized equipment vulnerable.

Solution: Hassle-free decommissioning

Axiom Maintenance Services ITAD can help your business decommission network equipment more efficiently, whether your business is looking to decommission single racks or even entire data centers. In line with the chain of custody provided, AMS can conduct physical audits of your data centers and keep track of the IT assets by identifying the serial numbers and components for each system. If necessary, we can also package and ship your hardware for you. If your business is looking to e-recycle, AMS offers compliant e-recycling to help your business minimize e-waste and lower its overall carbon footprint.

ITAD providers such as Axiom Maintenance Services (AMS) offer reliable, cost-effective data sanitization. Backed by a team of industry veterans, AMS uses the proper equipment and offers both onsite and offsite data destruction to fulfill customer needs. We also offer full drive erasure to wipe the data slate clean on decommissioned storage drives. With AMS data sanitization, your business can focus on what it does best without needing to worry about the potential repercussions of data breaches.


Axiom can make a difference:

Do IT asset disposition the right way with Axiom Maintenance Services. Eliminate risks with our ITAD process which offers greater reliability and transparency. Start today with proper IT asset disposition by contacting our AMS representatives at www.axiomupgrades.com/axiommaintenanceservices


Sources:

https://www.pcmag.com/news/many-used-hard-drives-sold-on-ebay-still-contain-leftover-data

https://fortune.com/2016/06/28/study-resold-drives-personal-business-data/

https://www.computer.org/publications/tech-news/trends/prevent-data-breaches

https://www.datasanitization.org/data-sanitization-as-defined-by-gartner/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/273575/average-organizational-cost-incurred-by-a-data-breach/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/499891/projection-ewaste-generation-worldwide/

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