Governmental data at the local, state, and federal level is particularly sensitive. Governments store data that contains personal information on citizens, internal memorandums and emails, classified information, and data that may compromise national security.
Governments are responsible for maintaining the highest levels of privacy and integrity pertaining to stored data. Government agencies, due to budgeting concerns, may be slower than the private sector when it comes to updating their technology. For governments, software and hardware updates may come in sweeping waves with long periods of time in between. This means that a lot of equipment must be disposed of at once.
When government agencies are ready to set up their new equipment, it’s time to get rid of that old stuff. It can’t just be thrown in the trash. It must be destroyed and then, in some cases, recycled under strict guidelines that ensure data cannot be retrieved from the e-waste.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has stringent guidelines to “assist organizations and system owners in making practical sanitization decisions based on the level of confidentiality of their information.” Protec Recycling understands these thorough guidelines as published in the NISP Operating Manual and the SP 800-80 Guidelines for Media Sanitization and adheres to every recommendation and rule.
The guidelines also note that Title 40 USC advises that “wherever possible, excess equipment and media should be made available to schools and non-profit organizations to the extent permitted by law.” Protec Recycling is entirely capable of recycling and repurposing equipment while making sure no previous data is accessible.
We provide secure, green, and cost-effective disposal and recycling of data and electronic assets in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Call us at 205-549-2120 or visit our Contact Us page.