With GDPR just a short few months away, do business owners really understand the importance of data protection and ensuring that both their own and their customer’s data is securely stored? Do they understand the consequences of not having an appropriate data protection policy in place for their business? According to recent reports on dataprotection.ie a staggering “69% of SMEs have heard about GDPR but 70% admitted to being unaware it will be effective from 25th May 2018″.
What is GDPR
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and it will come into power on May 25th, 2018. This new act will concern all companies who are operating within the EU trading agreement. With the level of online data generated doubling year on year, GDPR is necessary as it will enforce strict regulations over companies for the good of individuals.
At ATC, a key area of GDPR that we are concerned with is the secure disposal of obsolete IT equipment. Are you aware that even after you have deleted a file from your computer, that file may still be retrievable leaving PII (Personally Identifiable Information) exposed? PII can include data such as credit card details, home addresses, account numbers etc.
Disposal of End of Life IT Equipment
IT Equipment naturally reaches end of life as new software is introduced and malfunctions occur. At this stage, many companies struggle to find the time to dispose of their equipment correctly, or they are too afraid of what they are to do with this equipment so it is stored away, taking up room and gathering dust. The right thing to do, and the purpose of GDPR, is to encourage companies to develop a policy for the destruction of hardware that has become decommissioned. Furthermore, the removal of this data should be managed by a certified IT destruction and recycling specialist. Good practice would be to update the policy every time a new piece of equipment is brought into the company.
How Can ATC Help?
At ATC one of our core offerings is to help companies manage the physical security as the media reaches end-of-life through secure media disposal, destruction and auditing of that process. We are proud to be certified specialists in this area as well as our other white glove computer logistics.
If your data ends up in the wrong hands, your company could be exposed to a damaged reputation, loss of clientele, fines, legal fees etc. You get the picture.
Therefore, we encourage you (if you haven’t done so already) to reach out to us and discuss your asset disposal policy so that we can guide and help you to enjoy a smooth transition into the new era of GDPR and allow you to have peace of mind.
We hope that you have found this blog informative and if you wish to seek out more information about our service, please click here. We would also encourage you to visit the official GDPR site where they have outlined resources to help you get prepared for May 25th.
Thanks for reading,