It’s Time to Retire Your IT Assets

In my last article, I discussed how to increase the lifespan of your IT environment and avoid overpaying for hardware. But sadly, you may find yourself thinking it’s time to “retire some assets” that gave you 5, 6, or maybe even 8-10 years of great service!

What’s your next step? You don’t want these to end up in your local landfill, but you can’t bury them in the backyard. You also don’t want to be on the evening news because somebody found hard drives and used all of your data….

Proper data destruction is important; it prevents identity theft and keeps sensitive data about your organization, such as intellectual property, financial information, and customer information, from becoming public.


Why Security Is Important?

When it comes to hard drives and SSDs, the new secure standard is NIST 800-88 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Over the past several years, the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Special Publication 800-88: Guidelines for Media Sanitization has become the real world reference for data erasure compliance. This method is used for erasure when there is resale value in the drives and SSDs, granting you the most value for the working asset.

If the equipment cannot be erased, shredding provides an excellent alternative when the equipment has no value. Disk shredding can be done onsite for those who need the data destroyed before leaving the data center. In addition, tapes, DVDs, CDs, and laptops can also be destroyed.

Data erasure and destruction strategy is important in the protection of sensitive information. Make sure you have a partner, such as ReluTech, that can evaluate your decommissioned IT assets value and help you structure the route to data destruction that protects your investment.