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Sanitization rather than total destruction

♦ In a practice many experts would describe as “killing a fly with a nuclear bomb”, many of the world’s largest tech companies have been found to be destroying thousands of storage devices every year in order to stay compliant with data protection regulations. ♦...

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Morgan Stanley data breach update (Part 2)

The financial costs from Morgan Stanley’s ITAD project mismanagement have grown to over $163 million. New details on the data loss incidents have also recently come to light. (Part 2)◾ More excellent, in-depth reporting on this case by Jared Paben, Associate...

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Morgan Stanley data breach update (Part 1)

The financial costs from Morgan Stanley’s ITAD project mismanagement have grown to over $163 million. (Part 1)◾ The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in September slapped Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB) with a $35 million fine.◾ That was nearly two...

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Vulnerabilities in medical device batteries

Vulnerabilities on battery units for medical devices could allow for network access, DoS, and man-in-the-middle attacks, highlighting IoT security issues and the need to properly decommission equipment. This sub-headline made me rub my eyes in disbelief as if I'd seen...

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Why does certification matter?

Why do IT Asset Disposition certifications matter? Because besides ensuring that an ITAD vendor has all the qualifications needed to do the job, it comes with oversight that catches malfeasance. ♦️ The e-Stewards certification program has blacklisted...

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6th year NAID AAA certification

Another year that NextUse is in the unbelievable position of being 1 of only 6 ITAD vendors in the world, and 1 of only 3 in the US, with comprehensive digital data destruction certifications for their facility and at client sites! If you're not in the IT...

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Asset collection

I'm a big believer in fair treatment and not discriminating against people and organizations, and that includes businesses not being able to get vital, professional services because of their size or revenue. In the 3 years that I've been working with NextUse, one...

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Data breach in the health care sector

Another organization, this time a regional US healthcare provider network, has had a data breach and HIPAA violation due to improper disposal of hard drives by their third-party vendor. Out of the many news sources and organizations that covered this story, such...

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Data security and sustainability

I post constantly about data security and sustainability, love when a good use-case highlights these concepts in action in IT, and here's a great, simple example. I was onsite in early March at NextUse's facility in the Greater Boston area, absolutely slammed...

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