Data Erasure for the Military in Hampton Roads Virginia

The Hampton Roads region of Virginia is home to Naval Station Norfolk, the largest navy base in the world. It’s also home to many other military installations and support businesses. Securis is committed to serving its community in the most professional way possible. When the military needs to destroy sensitive information on retired IT assets, they turn to Securis’ Norfolk.

Securis works with the military to ensure that DoD and NSA standards are used when a data erasure job is performed. Securis has been called on to destroy both unclassified and classified top-secret material for the military.

“We’re honored to work with the military to meet their specific requirements,” Al Jenik, owner of Securis Hampton Roads says. “Clearly, the stakes are higher when it’s data and material that the military needs destroyed. Job after job, we’ve built great relationships with our Navy, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard partners. We’re proud to meet their data sanitization standards.”

When it comes to data erasure for the military, there must be a strict chain of custody process. Each disk, solid-state drive, and other storage media devices must be accounted for during every step of the project.

 

On-Site Data Destruction

“We go on-site for our data erasure jobs for the military. That way, they can observe the data erasure processes and confirm that everything is destroyed to DoD standards,” says Jenik. This is done through degaussing, shredding, and microshredding, or a combination of them.

Data erasure for the military is necessary for classified storage devices and drives. “There are also some large or unusual electronic devices that occasionally need to be destroyed. We work with our military customers to find creative ways to protect the data on every type of electronic device.”

Securis has also worked with NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex, Joint Base Little Creek, Langley Air Force Base, and Ft. Eustis Army Base. “Everyone knows about the rivalry between the Army and the Navy,” Jenik says. “Luckily they agree that working with Securis is a no-brainer.”

5 Reasons Not to Use Best Buy Computer Recycling

This post is NOT an attempt to bash or knock Best Buy.  We like the company and think they’re a good retailer. However, when it comes to computer recycling, We don’t think a person or a company should use them for computer recycling. 

Here are my top five reasons to reconsider using Best Buy to recycling your computers:

They are Not a Computer Recycling Company

This one is obvious. Best Buy is a national retailer of electronics and household appliances. They began offering computer recycling services as a business strategy. They figure if they can get you to bring in an old monitor, you might buy a new one. It’s a nice service to offer.

Computer recycling services for consumers and small generators are fairly limited, and they fill an easy need. With that said, consider the fact that Best Buy won’t actually recycle your electronics. They’re going to load them into a truck and drive them back to a distribution center where they will then be driven somewhere else. It’s a lot of driving and while you think you’re doing good for the environment, all those diesel trucks driving your old monitor around are causing damage.

Computer Recycling

Best Buy Computer Recycling isn’t Consistently Offered

In March of 2020, Best Buy halted its electronics recycling program.  While you can chalk this up to the COVID-19 pandemic, it says a lot about how dedicated they are to this service. You’re also required to bring your items to their store. If your item is large, this could be difficult.  This isn’t a part of Best Buy’s main business model.

Data Security is a Big Concern

If you’re taking a TV or an old monitor to them, this isn’t as big of a deal, but if you’re taking an electronic item that holds sensitive data, such as a smartphone, computer, laptop, or tablet, you should think twice. Best Buy does NOT remove data.

Where are your dead computers now?

Dropping off your hardware that contains sensitive data is like dropping it off at your local playground with a sign that says “Take My Info.” They offer solutions to remove the data but only for Windows computers and nothing else. Their webpage basically shows you how to do it yourself before showing up. Bottom line, this is a huge mistake and we advise people to think long and hard about doing this.

Support Small Business

While Best Buy offers this service, so do hundreds of small electronics recyclers across the country. All of them are much smaller than Best Buy. Small businesses always need more, and a great way to support them is by recycling your computers with them rather than with Best Buy. If your county or municipality offers electronics recycling services, use them. They undoubtedly use a local electronics recycling company.

Best Buy is a huge publicly traded electronics retailer. They don’t need your electronics recycling business.

They are Not a Certified Recycling Program

The electronics recycling industry has several certifications widely accepted as the standard, R2, and E-Stewards.  Most reputable companies in our industry have one of them. Securis is certified to R2 and NAID AAA. The industry also has NAID AAA certification. This certification deals mostly with data destruction. 

Securis chain of custody

Best Buy carries none of these certifications. The industry has these certifications for a reason, and Best Buy has chosen not to certify to these very high standards.

As previously stated, this article is not an attempt to bash or put down Best Buy, but rather an attempt to give you reasons to think about whether it’s a good idea to use them for electronics recycling. We’ve outlined five very good reasons that using them for this service might not be the best idea. If you want to buy a massive big screen TV, we think they are a great option.