Addressing the E-Waste Crisis – Data Asset Lifecycle Management Strategies


Businesses can act responsibly and join the fight against e-waste by prioritizing sustainability in their policies and asset and data lifecycle management.

The demand for connectivity and devices to enable the shift to a remote workplace has increased dramatically over the past couple of years. Organizations were often forced to hastily purchase new and refurbished devices to support employees working remotely. The fact that so many organizations are sending their employees back to the office now presents new challenges. And after months and years of storing files on desktop computers, etc., what happens to the customer and business data that may be present on these devices?

Companies must act quickly to establish strategies and processes to deal with these issues.

The serious effects of disposing of used IT assets in landfills, including damage to the environment and climate change, must be considered by organizations when updating their asset management plans.

E-waste is now a crisis of epic proportions

As the conversation about climate change heats up, e-waste is an often overlooked topic. However, the amount of electronic waste, which includes everything from old game consoles and remote controls to desktop and laptop computers, is reaching crisis levels.

To truly solve the e-waste problem, governments and private industries must work together on a global scale. Additionally, companies can act ethically and implement best practices to manage end-of-life assets, such as refraining from disposing of obsolete and defective equipment in landfills.

As employees begin to return to the office, businesses can manage the lifecycle of their data and IT assets by prioritizing the following three areas:

Establish sustainable practices to increase the lifespan of appliances

Due to a lack of awareness of more environmentally friendly options, many companies believe that asset destruction is the best and most affordable option. Companies can support the circular economy by developing policies focused on e-waste, donating used but working equipment to educational institutions and non-profit organizations, or selling used equipment for its components after have securely deleted all company and customer data.

Due to a lack of knowledge about alternatives, such as electronic recycling and data sanitization, perfectly usable equipment and devices are often physically destroyed. However, from a social and environmental impact point of view, it is crucial to reuse or donate the equipment. Hardware recycling makes computers cheaper for nonprofits, educational institutions, and other groups while generating sustainable jobs in the refurbishment industry.

Establish a culture of better cyber hygiene

Companies must consider the security ramifications of end-of-life device handling when developing a top-down and bottom-up corporate culture that values ​​being a corporate citizen. To avoid the worst-case scenario of a data breach, the data on this device must be permanently deleted before it can be reprocessed, given away, or recycled.

Companies in highly regulated industries like healthcare and finance, which are subject to a plethora of rules and regulations, must take every precaution to protect sensitive and important customer and business data. Businesses can better manage the lifecycle of assets and data by appointing a framework to manage the process.

Data management policies need to be updated

As organizations grapple with additional laptops, PCs, and other devices purchased during the pandemic, they must consider the chain of custody of these assets. A lost or stolen laptop could compromise compliance with data privacy laws and regulations and, in the event of a data breach, expose the company to fines or worse. Businesses can have peace of mind knowing that all data that was on the device is now unrecoverable by establishing a policy that requires every device, whether it is intended for reuse or disposal, to be remotely wiped and sanitized of all company data, before it leaves the employee’s remote office. An erasure certificate can help ensure that the data chain of custody is unbroken once an asset has been wiped.

Check out the new Enterprisetalk podcast. For more such updates, follow us on Google News Company News.

Previous They reinforce security on the Monterrey-Saltillo highway; More victims of road attacks
Next Leicester open for Defender sales this summer