Don’t Risk Your Data This Earth Month

During “Earth Month“, local businesses are rightfully evaluating their environmental impact.

This often includes finding responsible ways to dispose of used and outdated computers and electronics, a process known in the industry as IT Asset Disposition (ITAD). Alongside environmental concerns lies another crucial, often overlooked factor: data security.

Choosing the wrong disposal method can have disastrous consequences, making certifications a critical element in responsible ITAD.

The Hidden Threat of Uncertified Vendors

Many options exist in the area for selling or recycling electronic devices. While some may seem convenient, relying on uncertified ITAD providers can expose your company to significant risks.

These vendors often lack secure data wiping procedures, leaving sensitive information like customer data and financial records vulnerable on old hard drives. A recent study revealed that companies in the U.S. spend an average of $9.48 million per data breach – a hefty price tag for a quick disposal solution.

Uncertified vendors often resort to environmentally unsound practices like improper e-waste disposal of equipment they can’t sell. This can lead to fines for your business and potentially damage your reputation. As the generator of the e-waste, you remain liable regardless of the vendor you choose.

The Power of Certifications

The good news is that certified ITAD providers offer a secure and sustainable solution.
These companies undergo rigorous audits to ensure secure data destruction using industry-standard techniques.

Certifications like R2, e-Stewards, and NAID AAA guarantee that data is permanently erased, protecting your business from costly breaches. These providers also prioritize responsible e-waste recycling for every piece of equipment, not just the valuable items.

Making Informed Decisions

Sioux Falls businesses have access to certified ITAD providers. When researching vendors, look for those with established certifications like R2, e-Stewards, and NAID AAA. These certifications demonstrate the company’s commitment to secure data destruction and environmentally responsible practices.

By prioritizing responsible IT disposal and partnering with a certified ITAD provider, you can demonstrate your commitment to responsible business practices.

Your South Dakota Partner in Responsible Disposal

Earth Month may spark the initial focus on responsible disposal, but the importance of secure ITAD extends far beyond this single day. With the right partner, you can benefit both your bottom line and the environment.

As the only certified recycler in the Dakotas, SEAM offers businesses access to trusted resale and electronics recycling services. We help businesses ensure security, one old computer at a time. Contact us today to get started.


Levi Hentges

Levi Hentges is the Vice President/Business Development at SEAM. He helps clients build and manage their IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) programs to comply with legal, corporate and environmental requirements surrounding their technology devices; including asset recovery and resale, data destruction and secure electronics recycling. 

SEAM provides IT recycling and data destruction services including onsite shredding and hard drive wiping to South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

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