Secure and Environmentally Safe Data Center Liquidation

The environment doesn’t usually come first in a data center operator’s priorities. While Securis recognizes the importance of data security, we’re ready to change the perspective regarding the impact of equipment on the environment. Our company strives to improve the global environment and secure our client’s data through the data center liquidation process.  

The environmental impact of data centers is larger than you may be aware of. Finding a company that can help reduce the environmental impact of end-of-life equipment is important. This will help reduce the amount of energy used and the amount of water needed to keep data center equipment cool.  

Keeping E-Waste Out of Landfills

There are an estimated three million data centers in the United States. They range in size from a single 19-inch rack to 1.1 million square feet. The average size of a data center is 100,000 square feet. That’s a lot of equipment that eventually needs to be disposed of. 

We must ensure this end-of-life equipment doesn’t end up in a landfill.

Like all electronic devices, data centers become outdated and eventually fail. Most data centers are large, making the amount of e-waste they produce more impactful. By finding an IT asset disposition (ITAD) service, you can easily utilize their e-waste recycling efforts. 

47 percent of data centers are refreshed every one to three years. If the retired IT assets aren’t properly recycled, many landfills receive perfectly usable or reusable equipment. If data center operators don’t make changes, it is estimated that e-waste will grow by 8% each year globally. 

Many large tech corporations have joined the Circular Electronics Partnership. In this partnership, companies like Microsoft, Dell, Google, and Amazon, are committed to helping the circular economy and reducing e-waste. Tech tycoons can reduce their e-waste by disposing of their data center equipment with a company that securely recycles and upcycles IT assets. 

IT asset recovery is an impactful way to keep the circular economy going. We hear “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” from elementary school to adulthood. The circular economy focuses on reusing items that have already been introduced into the product lifecycle. 

Keeping End-of-Life Data Center Assets Secure 

As data center equipment is replaced, companies need to continue to keep the information they once held secure. 

It’s vital to ensure total data erasure in your organization’s ITAD process. In recent years with an increase in data breaches and hacks, data security is vital. 

How Securis Can Help Securely Decommission Data Centers

Securis’  data center decommissioning process ensures that your e-waste will not end up in a landfill. We recycle, reuse, and refurbish every piece of e-waste that we collect.

Located in the center of Data Center Alley, we are able to collect and destroy retired IT assets on-site. If you’re curious about our process, we’d be pleased to show you around our facilities and explain our processes further.

It can be difficult to destroy data storing equipment properly. Securis has more than 20 years of experience keeping servers, wires, and other end-of-life equipment out of landfills while ensuring complete data security. Contact us today to help you keep your data center end-of-life equipment out of landfills. 

Why You Need HIPAA Compliant Data Destruction Services

In this day and age, it’s vital to keep your client’s personal information and data secure. Healthcare providers and adjacent companies are under strict regulations from medical channels to keep information safe. Additionally, patients are more worried than ever about their health data falling into the wrong hands. It’s important to find a company that follows HIPAA-compliant data destruction methods, like Securis. 

When it comes to data destruction in healthcare, each company has a lot of policies they must be in compliance with. This includes the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, FACTA Disposal Rule, PCI Data Security Standard, and the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there were 563 suspected data breaches in the healthcare industry in 2021. Healthcare companies need to find data destruction services to prevent data breaches that may occur with end-of-life equipment. Even though a phone or computer may no longer turn on, it can still hold valuable information.

Healthcare companies collect electronic protected health information (PHI), which is critical to care for patients. However, in terms of end-of-life equipment, it can pose some challenges. It is essential to dispose of electronics properly when you work in healthcare to protect patients’ personal information.

 

Degaussing is the HIPAA-compliant data destruction method. After removing a hard drive from its source, it goes through the degausser. This machine changes the magnetic strip, rendering any stored information unreadable. 

Shredding hard drives and solid state drives can provide more security to your data. By completely pulverizing any hard drives and cell phones, shredding provides total physical and virtual destruction. 

The last thing you need is a data breach or a HIPAA violation that will hurt your business and customers.

What is PHI, and Where is it Stored?

Healthcare data contains one of the most sensitive types of information, which is why it’s important to protect it. PHI is Personal Healthcare Information which includes personal demographic information like social security numbers and private medical information. It is data that is meant to be kept between provider and patient. 

This information can be found on devices such as pacemakers, x-ray machines, servers, CT machines, computers, defibrillators, and MRI machines.

The use of digital charts by medical facilities has eased communication but has increased the risk of data breaches. Companies should have similar safeguards in place for protecting end-of-life technology as they do for on-site technology. 

Conforming with Federal Regulations

HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to protect sensitive patient health information. When you need to dispose of end-of-life equipment, find a company that follows their data destruction regulations.

HITECH

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was enacted to improve quality, safety, and efficiency in healthcare. HITECH includes ensuring the privacy and security of patients. As you dispose of old technology, you need to ensure that you completely destroy any and all sensitive data. This increased penalties when there are HIPAA violations, and added incentives for organizations that better comply with HIPAA. 

SARBANES-OXLEY

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act created the need for companies to know the flow of their transactions, including IT asset disposition. Finding a company that offers on-site destruction and/or certificates of destruction can help you ensure that you remain compliant. 

GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act collects data and personal information. This act requires financial institutions to disclose any information-sharing practices they have with their customers. Additionally, it ensures that your company is taking the proper steps to safeguard data.  

FACTA DISPOSAL RULE

The FACTA Disposal Rule requires businesses to take appropriate steps to destroy sensitive data collected from consumer reports. While the method of destruction is flexible with FACTA, you should ensure that all data and information is completely destroyed.

PCI DATA SECURITY STANDARD

The PCI Data Security Standard was created to ensure the safety of collected credit card information. Computers, iPads, and other electronic devices collect and save credit card information. Regardless of how this information is collected, your technology can save this data even if it breaks. Be sure to utilize a service that can guarantee that end-of-life equipment is clean of all stored information.

IDENTITY THEFT AND ASSUMPTION DETERRENCE ACT

The Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act requires any commercial, charitable, educational, or nonprofit organization to protect collected personal information. Part of this requirement is physical safeguards. A service that collects e-waste, inventories it, and then destroys is vital for compliance. 

How Securis Can Help Healthcare Meet HIPAA Requirements

Securis is equipped to handle large and small projects, from recycling data centers to collecting and microshredding cell phones. We are a one-stop shop for data destruction services. All types of healthcare organizations collect sensitive data. From insurance companies to hospitals, we will help you properly handle and destroy your digital information. 

At Securis, we can ensure that all of your PHI is totally destroyed on your retired IT  equipment. On top of keeping your data secure and your patients safe, we can reduce your environmental impact. We recycle and repurpose all materials so you can feel good about using our services. Our Zero-Landfill policy ensures that nothing will go to the landfill. 

Where Can I Recycle Old Computers?

Do you have old computers sitting around taking up space? As a refurbisher, re-integrator, and data destruction firm, Securis knows how important the proper handling of end-of-life electronics is for you, your business, and the environment. 

While old computers may be just barely functional, they can’t compete with what’s on the market, leaving consumers stuck with old and unusable equipment. This is where Securis comes in – we can assist with asset disposition and e-waste recycling.

Not only can we help you get rid of old computers and laptops, but we also pick up items in bulk from your location. If you’ve been holding onto PCs that only run Windows 97, we will take them off your hands and ethically recycle them without anything going into landfills. In addition to recycling these electronics, we will properly erase data, confidential information, and sensitive data providing you with the peace of mind that your e-waste was properly handled. (lots of link opportunities here)

If data security is at the forefront of your mind, we provide various data destruction services to help keep your private information secure. Our services can be provided on or off-site with our mobile shredding service. All of our services include hard drive and solid state drive destruction. Services always include landfill-free and no-export equipment recycling.

Risks of Not Properly Disposing of E-Waste

A typical PC with several circuit boards can hold up to eight pounds of lead and other measurable amounts of toxic metals. When these items aren’t properly disposed of,  toxic chemicals end up in the environment. This affects what we breathe, drink, and process. Not recycling electronics properly means that they can lead to very dangerous illnesses like cancer, lung damage, and seizures. 

At Securis, we have protocols to keep toxic metals and chemicals out of our air. They guarantee that all e-waste is properly disposed of. Our services include physical destruction, as well as data erasure as needed. 

The future of the global environment is up to us, and Securis can help your company reduce its carbon footprint. We are committed to recycling 100% of everything we receive. Securis does not export electronics to places like China, India, and Africa in order to remain compliant with the Basel Action Network and our R2 certification. 

Securis will also help you get rid of newer, but not quite up-to-par electronics. We understand how important it is for your business to stay up to date on the latest tech trends, which is why we have our refurbishment program in place. 

If you have a computer that’s only five years old, but you recently upgraded it, we can still help you properly dispose of it. You may even qualify to earn money from these types of electronics. If you think your retired equipment has value, please contact us for a complimentary consultation. 

Computers that are in working order may be re-sold after proper data wiping to help continue a commitment to a green product life cycle. At the end of the day, our goal is to reduce any waste possible, and refurbishment is a great way to do that. 

Prior to upcycling any equipment, all hard drives, solid state drives, and other data-containing devices are extracted and pulverized, guaranteeing complete data security. Our mission is to keep your data secure and the planet as clean as possible

At Securis, we’re ready to help with electronic recycling needs from the start of the product lifecycle until the end. We’re excited to help you get rid of any electronic waste you may have. Our hard drive shredding services, refurbishment program, and commitment to keeping all materials out of landfills.

 

Why Does Size Matter For SSD Shredding?

Solid State Drives (SSDs) hold massive amounts of data and can be an alternative to the traditional hard disk drive. SSDs store data on memory chips rather than storing information on spinning platters. While they are more efficient for companies since they have no moving parts, are smaller, last longer, and consume less energy, they pose some risks when it comes to destroying the data on solid state drives.

You may be wondering, “Can I degauss an SSD?” Based on our experience, we’ve learned how to best destroy SSDs. One of our standards in a traditional data destruction process is degaussing, which does not work on SSDs. Degaussing is the best practice for traditional hard drives since it can reduce and eliminate information with magnets. A degaussed HD looks the same as one that hasn’t been degaussed, so we recommend shredding them too.

Shred Size is Key to Proper Destruction 

Most standard industrial shredders shred to 1-inch particles, which is still too large when it comes to the proper destruction of SSDs. SSD chips are typically 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches in size and can slip through the hammers of your standard hard drive shredder. The memory chips need to be broken into a particle size of less than ½ inch. 

At Securis, we have a proprietarily engineered master microshredder that can turn your SSDs into 2mm e-crumbs, as recommended by the NSA. This is significantly smaller than the minimum size of ½ inch. Our microshredder pulverizes SSDs, flash drives, and other small devices like cell phone SIM cards to best keep your information secure. The shred width is less than that of a spaghetti noodle. 

SSDs often hold very sensitive data such as corporate financial information, medical records, and state secrets. 2mm is the necessary size for the physical destruction of these devices to prevent any data recovery. This size was determined after analysts at the NSA examined the shreds to make sure they were inaccessible. 

Oftentimes, our clients need a certificate of destruction to prove that these pieces were properly destroyed, and we provide that for them. In fact, the turn-around time that clients receive Securis’ inventory reports and certificate of destruction is a large part of what sets us above the competition. 

Our microshredder has the ability to come to you on-site. This helps prevent any chain of custody issues that your company may face when it comes to data or media destruction. We have the ability to shred thousands of pounds of metals and plastics per hour. If you need to see your electronic equipment physically destroyed, this is a great solution for you!

The ability the microshredder has to render any data unusable is key for data destruction in many companies and government agencies. These can often easily be removed from a laptop or computer          If that’s the case and the rest of the equipment is not salvageable, we ensure total recycling of those products. Securis is dedicated to recycling and is committed to never sending anything to landfills. 

Securis understands how important it is to properly destroy sensitive data, and this is one of our top priorities. At Securis, we provide you with an auditable, trackable, link to inventory lists or similar and indisputable inventory record of each SSD that is destroyed. This includes a data destruction certificate that proves your data was properly destroyed.

As technology continues to evolve, our destruction and security methods need to keep up. This is why we are passionate about giving our customers peace of mind when it comes to their data security with proper solid state drive destruction.

 

What is a Certificate of Data Destruction?

A certificate of data destruction and recycling proves that data on retired electronic equipment was destroyed to NAID standards. Securis provides them to our clients for their IT-asset auditing purposes

Securis is a classified data destruction service for both on and off-site destruction services. This certificate is a legal document of performance that can be used for auditing. This is a need for many local municipalities, federal agencies, and other compliance standards. 

Securis’ data destruction and e-waste recycling services ease your burden by providing a fully audited, managed, and secure computer and data destruction program. We meet the requirements required by the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the Defense Logistics Information Service.

When you choose Securis, you choose security. We process your data with your security and protection at the forefront of our minds. Our storage bins and trucks remained locked throughout the collection process. This prevents access to your end-of-life technology prior to destruction.

When equipment arrives at our facilities, we scan each individual asset and inventory all of it. If any of the equipment does not have a serial number, we tag it to keep a record. We use a proprietary data collection software and handheld scanners for audit and accountability purposes. 

No Third-Party Data Access

We provide you with a full inventory of everything given to Securis without any third parties having access to your records.

This information is stored on a secure server indefinitely unless specified otherwise. 

After that, your sensitive data is destroyed in an agreed-upon way, be that on-site, off-site, degaussed, or shredded. Through the data destruction process, we take extra steps to ensure that all data is wiped to ensure your data security. We will provide a certificate of destruction for your electronics once the data has been properly destroyed. This applies to both large projects, like data centers, and smaller projects, like hard drives and SSDs.

We understand that you may need to see the physical destruction of your e-waste. This is why we developed the ability to either shred or microshred your equipment on-site with mobile shredding. 

Microshredding destroys physical equipment by pulverizing it to less than the NSA recommended 2mm particles. This is especially beneficial for smaller items that cannot be degaussed or destroyed with a standard hard drive shredder. 

If you don’t need to see your equipment destroyed, we can provide the same services off-site at our facilities. Either way, after the completion of your project, a certificate of destruction can be issued for your auditing purposes. 

We know how important it is to properly destroy any confidential information that your company may collect. From HIPAA violations to government secrets, we know that information needs to be protected which is why our services exist. This certificate of destruction can protect you from any liabilities where these may be of concern. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Although we don’t have proof just yet, the Leprechaun community is really excited about green, sustainable electronics recycling!

What better way to honor St. Patrick’s Day than committing to recycling your retired IT assets in the most environmentally-friendly way possible?

Sustainability is a win for all of us. Not only does Securis offer zero-landfill computer recycling, but provides a thorough data destruction suite to keep sensitive information safe.

With Securis, keeping it green is much easier than finding a leprechaun, or that elusive pot of gold at the end of a rainbow (but never give up!).

If you’re interested in gaining good luck from the leprechauns with environmentally-friendly electronics recycling, let’s set up a call.

Sending you hope for extra good luck today and always! 

Securis Doubled Its E-Waste Recycling Efforts in 2021

In 2021, Securis collected 6,015,125 pounds or just over 3,000 tons of e-waste to refurbish, reuse, or recycle. That’s the equivalent of about 6,000 grand pianos, 3,000 leatherback sea turtles, or 30 blue whales. This was almost 50% more than what we recycled in 2020.

As more businesses returned to the office, they resumed their typical technology refresh cycles which contributed to this increase. Additionally, a wider variety of electronics can be recycled, including monitors, servers, hard drives, phones, and more.

As younger consumers are focusing on environmental impact, more businesses are shifting their focus to make sustainable changes. Businesses may utilize electronic waste recycling programs like ours to improve their environmental contributions.

While we’ve seen an increase in the number of electronics recycled, as of 2019 only 17.4% of discarded electronics are recycled. The rest of the discarded electronics go into landfills and can end up in our water sources.

We also saw growth in our refurbish sales last year, another way of recycling electronics. Recent supply chain issues lead businesses to seek alternative options when looking for computers and other electronic products. Many found our refurbished computers a cost-effective option when dealing with these nationwide shortages. Most of our employees use refurbished workstations!

72,181 Electronic Devices Destroyed

In addition to recycling e-waste, Securis destroyed 72,181 devices utilizing our certified data destruction services. Our data destruction services help prevent data breaches. Through degaussing and physical destruction services like microshredding and hard drive shredding services, we help protect your sensitive data.

These hard drive destruction services can be completed on-site with our mobile shredding capabilities. This helps our clients eliminate any chain of custody issues that they might have with off-site hard drive shredding.

We expect to see continued growth in 2022. In the past year, we have seen an increase in the types of devices where we destroy data and recycle. We received more phones and tablets this year than in previous years.

E-Waste Recycling for the Community with WUSA9

We were proud to participate as the e-waste recycler for WUSA9’s #RecyclingMatters events this weekend. On Saturday, February 26, 2022, in just three hours at three different locations, these events kept more than 60,000 pounds of paper, 95,000 pounds of electronics, and 10 tons of paint from contributing to rapidly growing landfills. Processing this much e-waste recycling in a single morning is impressive – even for Securis.

Community members lined up to bring old computers, keyboards, monitors, and other electronic devices to safely and securely dispose of them. Instead, the 95,000 pounds of electronics that will not go to landfills will be refurbished and reused or recycled for parts.

Securis utilizes all aspects of proper e-waste recycling once receiving your end-of-life electronics. Ideally, the first step is to be able to reuse electronics, according to the EPA. After properly destroying any data we try to refurbish, reuse, or resell before recycling for any parts.

Up-use and proper e-waste recycling are beneficial to the environment. The processes keep harmful materials such as arsenic and lead from seeping into the earth and eventually into our water sources. Securis collected an estimated 75,000 pounds of e-waste recycling at two of the locations.

Recycling that much waste saves:

  • 349 trees
  • 2,052 gallons of gasoline
  • 20.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 143,500 gallons of water at just one of these events.

E-Waste Kept Out of Landfills and Data Security

Not only does Securis keep recyclable materials out of landfills, but keeps your data safe by properly destroying it. Using certified data destruction services like degaussing and shredding, proper physical destruction of materials keeps your confidential information and data safe. Throwing away e-waste will not only damage the environment, but it puts your sensitive data at risk.

“Run very efficiently, especially given the large response.” – Lee N.

Many participants noted that they spent the past two years clearing out their houses while stuck inside due to Covid-19. This event gave the community the chance to properly dispose of hard to recycle electronic equipment they found while cleaning.

“Outstanding event …. workers were extremely pleasant, jovial and courteous …. logistics wonderful ….got on long line but moved quickly. Thanks so much for this Public service!” – Tom H.

WUSA9’s meteorologist Kaityln McGrath researched a story on the importance of electronic waste recycling. She visited the Securis warehouse with her team to show the process of data destruction and e-waste recycling.

Securis is proud to offer a monthly recycling program for electronic products on the second Saturday of every month. Our services include electronics recycling and shredding trucks for proper asset disposition.

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