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Effective Data Security When Recycling Corporate E-Waste
In today's progressively digital world, data security is just as important as its physical counterpart. Sensitive data stored in servers, laptops, and any other form of e-waste can be compromised any time there's an attack by a malicious entity. Sensitive data can be any of the following: Trade secrets. Employee personal information. Customer's financial and personal information. Passwords. Corporate financial records. Corporate VPN access. Lab data. Not clearing data can lead to disastrous, permanent results. Consider the following examples. Scenario 1. An employee of a financial institution is tasked to discard an old laptop computer, which he only tosses in the skip bin at the back. A week after, a distraught customer reports that their identity was stolen and someone was using their credit card for unauthorized purchases. After an investigation, it was found that the old, discarded computer was the source of the data compromise.
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