According to recent studies, 67% of companies plan to continue remote work in 2021. In fact, many companies working from home plan to stay remote indefinitely. So, what does this mean for the future of your mobile data security and IT asset disposal (ITAD)?
As a leader in your business, you may be wondering, “How do I securely dispose of sensitive data when it’s sitting at a worker’s home? Who do I trust to dispose of it properly?” If this sounds like you, then it’s time to update your ITAD solutions plan.
In this article, we will give you 5 helpful ITAD solutions for your remote company and provide you with a promising future for your mobile data security. Let’s get started.
1. Make a Security Plan
First up, create a mobile data security and anti-theft plan for your company. This is one of the best preventative measures you can take to ensure your business’s information stays safe. For instance, set up specific company policies for proper electronic disposal.
How to Implement Mobile Data Security Plan
For starters, make sure every employee is aware of the new policies. Many companies working from home can successfully administer policies through:
- Virtual training sessions
- Blast emails
- One-on-one video calls
Next, strictly enforce the policies. This is something that should definitely be taken seriously within your industry – you do not want your information leaked out due to an inadequately informed employee.
Finally, hold every person accountable. This leads us to our next point…
2. Make a List of Remote Electronics
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As the world continues to transition to remote work, electronics that used to reside at the office are now scattered in the homes of employees all over the nation. With that being said, if and when electronics are ready to be scrapped, companies working from home should ALWAYS be aware of it.
That is why we recommend a formal list of all remote electronics checked out by your team. This list should include the following information:
- Make and model
- Serial number
- First/last name of employee
Along with this information, also indicate where it is located. But, why is this important?
As we will discuss later on in this guide, IT asset disposal laws differ from state to state. Therefore, it is always a good idea to know where the company’s electronics are generally located.
3. Fix Electronics Whenever Possible
If you can fix it, then it’s not broken!
In many cases, people might think an electronic is broken, when in reality, there is still plenty of life left. Contract a remote IT specialist to take a look at devices that need a tune up. You might have to order a new part or reinstall software; but once it is fixed, it will work like new.
Here’s the best part: since you won’t have to buy a new device, a small fixer-upper will save you a lot of money.
So, what happens if the electronics are NOT fixable? Then, it’s time to dispose and replace them. Here are some hints on how to move forward with remote ITAD.
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4. Check Out State Laws
Remember when we said ITAD laws differ in every state? If you want the best remote mobile device security, here’s what you should do about it: research e-waste laws, regulations, and trustworthy drop-off locations in the states where your electronics are located.
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It’s that simple! Once you make a list of the places your employees can go to drop off their used electronics, you can rest assured your company’s private information will be safe and sound.
5. Discover ITAD Solutions with GLE Scrap
More than ever, companies working from home need to feel certain that their mobile device security won’t be jeopardized. At Great Lakes Electronic Corporation, we offer ITAD solutions for all electronic devices, big and small.
Great Lakes Electronics Corporation, or GLEC, is an electronics recycler servicing the US market and beyond. We provide safe and secure electronics recycling services that ensure your company’s privacy remains safe and sound. Contact us to learn more about our pick-up, drop off, and mail-in services.