3 Data Security Best Practices for Upgrading Office Tech
When your business is ready to upgrade its office technology, it’s important to make sure that you do so in a way that protects your data and follows all city and state e-Waste recycling laws. Not protecting your data by using a registered data destruction contractor can create monumental risks for data security and could potentially also create legal liabilities for your organization in the future.
Today, we are going to discuss some best practices for data security before upgrading your office technology. We will also talk about how to successfully transition to new hardware and/or software without compromising your data’s security. First, let’s begin with the old devices you are planning to phase out.
1. Destroy the Data on Old Devices
One of the most important data security steps in upgrading your office tech is to destroy all data on old devices. This includes everything from laptops and computers to smartphones, tablets and hard drives.
Simply emptying the trash bin on your device will not protect your sensitive data. This information could still be accessible if it falls into the wrong hands. Instead, more thorough measures should to be implemented for an extra layer of protection.
First, begin by backing up all of the device data to a secure server if you have not done so already. This ensures that the information and files you need to have access to on the new device can still be accessed in the future.
Once you have securely moved any data that you wish to preserve from your old devices, you can then begin the process of destroying what is left. By working with a registered e-Waste recycling company like ProTek Recycling they can offer 100% guaranteed data destruction to securely and quickly destroy your information.
2. Use a Recycling Service that Specializes in Electronics
When it comes time to update your old office tech and recycle your old devices, it’s important to use a certified electronics recycling service. This is one of the data security best practices that is sometimes overlooked but is one of the most important steps in protecting your sensitive information.
There are many companies that advertise themselves as electronics recyclers but few that actually hold the highest level of certifications. At ProTek Recycling we hold ourselves to the highest standard being a registered New York State e-Waste company, licensed NYS data destruction contractor and NAID AAA certified.
3. Keep Your Technology Up To Date
Whenever possible, avoid a piecemeal approach to introducing new devices and software to your office. This will prevent any potential vulnerabilities created by old technology still being used in your daily operations.
Instead, ensure all of your office technology is up to date and using the most recent security to help protect your device data. This will help to ensure that your data is as secure as possible and help you avoid any potential compatibility issues with new hardware or software.
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Founded by engineers with a mission to create the most complete and secure electronics recycling solution possible, ProTek Recycling serves businesses of all industries throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the Boston Metropolitan Area. We are a NAID AAA Certified Member and an NYS Document Destruction Contractor capable of recycling all unwanted devices and will provide a certificate of completion to confirm that your data has been properly destroyed and rendered inaccessible.
To learn more about recycling your old office electronics with ProTek Recycling, contact us today to for a free quote.