Many companies are failing to manage IT equipment disposal risks

Published: Monday, 15 October 2018 07:16

According to a survey of 1,002 UK workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by Probrand, the majority (68 percent) of businesses failed to wipe the data from IT equipment they have disposed of in the two months following the launch of GDPR.

The research also found that 70 percent of businesses do not have an official process or protocol for disposing of obsolete IT equipment; and 66 percent of workers admit they wouldn’t even know who to approach in their company in order to correctly dispose of old or unusable equipment.

Matt Royle, marketing director at commented: “Given the amount of publicity around GDPR it is arguably impossible to be unaware or misunderstand the basics of what is required for compliance. So, it is startling to discover just how many businesses are failing to both implement and follow some of the simplest data protection practices. Given these findings, it is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that all businesses have a disposal procedure in place to avoid inadvertently leaking sensitive data.”

The top 10 industries which are most guilty of not clearing the memory of IT equipment before it is disposed of:

1. Transportation – 72%
2. Sales and marketing – 62%
3. Manufacturing – 59%
4. Utilities – 58%
5. Retail – 57%
6. Education – 54%
7. Leisure and travel – 49%
8. Healthcare and hospitality – 45%
9. Trades / administration – 44%
10. Information and communication – 39%