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Tier 1 Asset Management Ltd, a leading UK specialist in secure and ethical IT disposals warned that high profile cases of confidential personal data finding its way into the public domain will continue, unless UK organisations start to use tried and tested processes for the removal of equipment once it has reached the end of active corporate service.

Eyebrows were raised in many quarters when data from Royal Bank of Scotland turned up on eBay recently, albeit via a third party source. Jon Selby, Marketing Manager at Tier 1, understands why errors have been made, but is angry that big companies get their data security safeguards badly wrong. “With privacy laws, environmental legislation and data recovery technology in a constant state of development and change, there’s little wonder that a company’s processes vary just as frequently.”

Selby added, “It is no coincidence that of the recent data loss episodes, none have come when a specialist asset disposal organisation has been involved.”

Even the use of eBay as a channel to re-market ex-corporate equipment may be viewed by some as a potential risk, but Selby is quick to point out that, as with most things, finances have a big part to play. “Tier 1 sells more ex-corporate laptops than anyone else on eBay UK, and this means that by selling directly to end users, we can give more revenue back to our clients than if we sold equipment in bulk to the trade. The key point is that with an established, suitably-accredited process and the right data erasure tools to do the job, the channel via which equipment is re-used does not matter, whether that be through direct sales, trade or charitable donation.”

The recent WEEE Legislation that aims to encourage the re-use of electrical equipment in its original form has also shaped many business’ views that simply smashing hard drives to ensure data integrity is just not an option any longer. Selby explained some other telling reasons. “With corporate citizenship and in particular waste management so high on the agenda of organisations these days, consigning a perfectly good, working machine to the recycling bin is not an option. Environmental concerns aside, the current economic climate means that companies want to maximise revenue return for their equipment. Using a proven, water-tight disposal process offers both these things, and crucially guarantees data security.”

Tier 1 Asset Management Ltd Profile

Tier 1 Asset Management Ltd is a leading UK company specialising in managing the disposal and remarketing of redundant IT equipment, handling some of the largest and most sought-after projects in the country. Within a secure, ethical and environmentally sound framework, Tier 1 place emphasis on re-use solutions that extend the life of redundant IT equipment in its original form as far as possible before looking for a recycling solution. This attitude helped Tier win a 2008 Green IT Award for Market Leadership. The company is authorised by HM Government to handle data classified up to and including ‘SECRET’ and is both INFOSEC 5 and ISO9001 accredited. Tier 1’s attitude to the environment underpins the business as a whole and is demonstrated through both ISO 14001 certification achieved in February 2006 and prestigious ICER-accredited WEEE Recycler status granted in January 2007.

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