WEEE Directive and ISO27001
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Quality Matters has always considered data security as a prime
requirement and security of client data is paramount. To ensure that
data security is achieved we use firewalls, anti virus and anti malware
systems as well as encryption to Mil Standards and physical security
Every time a PC, Server or Laptop is retired the hard drives
are removed and the residual hardware broken down and disposed of in
accordance with the WEEE directive (WEEE is the Waste Electrical,
Electronic Equipment Directive).
Recently we realised that we had quite a number of hard drives
which had been removed from old equipment; these drives contain data,
which could be recovered. In the past we have wiped the data from disks
and sometimes reformatted them. We believed that this rendered the data
unrecoverable. However we stopped doing this some years ago when it
became apparent that forensic data recovery was possible even though we
had carried out wiping and reformatting.
What should we do with the ever growing store of used hard
We are based in Maldon in Essex and happened to visit one of
our Clients and found almost by accident a company that would deal with
our drives in a failsafe manner.
This company EOL IT Services (www.eolitservices.co.uk) based
on the Baltic Wharf in Station Road Maldon has the answer. Hard drives
can be securely wiped or destroyed. Destruction is totally secure as
the hard drive is rendered into granules. The granules are then
In addition this company will take away redundant IT equipment
and pay any residual value; any non functional equipment is broken down
and recycled. EOL IT Services has a zero landfill policy and nothing is
exported to third world for recovery of metals etc.
We were very pleased with the speed, efficiency and cost
effectiveness shown by staff at this company. We will use them again
and have passed their details to some of our Clients.
Tags: data security, recycling
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a
director of Quality Matters Limited an established independent
management consultancy based in Essex, UK which specialises in ISO27001 Information Security
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2012-05-14 14:20:01 in Business Articles