How Securis Identifies Employees who Lead, Thrive, and Innovate

At Securis, diversity isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a core company strength. It’s an acknowledgment that while people come from many different walks of life, there are more common values that bind and connect us than divide us. When it comes to how Securis identifies employees who lead, thrive, and innovate, there are several key factors.

Diversity is a Core Company Strength

“I love seeing people from different backgrounds working together to achieve shared goals,” says Jeremy Farber, founder and CEO of Securis. “If you’ve never witnessed a native Arabic speaker try to explain something to a native Spanish speaker who doesn’t speak much English, and are able to watch them work together to move forward, bearing witness to the moment it clicks is priceless. It doesn’t simply help two people solve a problem or work smarter together, it forms a bond that extends way beyond just a 9-5 job.”

Country flags of Securis

Those who thrive at Securis don’t see this as just a job. They see their roles as a career and an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Many who began in the warehouse as hourly workers have advanced to senior members of the Securis management team.

“Aligning to our Core Values is one thing we look for, but another key factor is if people are looking for just a paycheck or really want a career,” says Presson. “We’re looking for people who want a career, who want to look for opportunities to contribute to the growth of the company. Having people who want to be here and genuinely care about their coworkers makes all the difference in fostering a positive work environment for everybody.” In fact, the managers of the Service, Shipping, and Disassembly divisions all began as hourly warehouse workers and were able to advance.
Workers with conveyor belt

Man working on computer disasembly w-workers in background

“I can teach skills. I can teach how to do something,” Teresa says. “I can’t teach personality, attitude, or drive. That’s why during the interview process, I‘m more concerned with someone’s attitude and how they interact rather than if they look good on paper.”

“Part of it’s nature and part of it’s nurture,” Jeremy explains. “Teresa and her team do a great job finding the right people to fill vacancies. But then, even if people aren’t quite a perfect fit, when they get into the office or the warehouse, and see how well everybody’s working together, and how open everybody is, and how much fun people are having, it’s infectious. People want to be in that sort of environment, and to contribute to it.”

“Our team has a low turnover rate – especially for warehouse work,” Teresa says. “Our commitment to our team and our core values means people grow and thrive here, and our clients want to keep working with us over the long term.”

Throughout Securis’ offices and warehouses – the headquarters in Chantilly, VA, and regional offices throughout Virginia and North Carolina – the company’s core values are displayed prominently.

Core Values Revised 2021 Small for blog strokedSecuris’ Company Core Values

  • Helps First – Put the team first
  • Fun- Have the right attitude and stay positive
  • Hungry – Have big goals and want to conquer the world
  • Humbly Confident – Be humble, but be confident also
  • Work-Life Harmony – Both are important but must be in balance
  • Coachable- Always be learning
  • Innovative – Nothing’s carved in stone, Question everything, Look for new ways

When hiring staff – be it a C-suite executive or an intern – Securis works hard to ensure that the new team member will be a good fit and live up to Securis’ core values. Using that benchmark as guidance, Securis has been able to create and foster a caring, familial environment that celebrates diversity, creates opportunities for all employees, and provides a safe space for employees of all backgrounds.Are you or someone you know looking for a career in a dynamic, enriching environment like Securis? Check out our current openings and see if a career at Securis is right for you.

ITAD Company Securis Benefits from Workforce Diversity

From the very beginning, Securis has prided itself on its commitment to diversity – not just in words, but in actions and in the values that the company lives by every day. It’s a way of looking at problems, addressing challenges, and collaborating to come up with solutions to client’s issues.

Cultural Workforce Diversity

“One of the things I’m proudest of is not just the diversity of our workforce but the different perspectives, ideas, and opinions that grow out of such diversity,” says Securis Founder and CEO Jeremy Farber. “We have people working for us from all over the world – Asia, South America, Europe, Africa. We’ve talked about getting flags from all the different countries to hang in the warehouse, like a little U.N.”

“In homogenous work environments,” Farber says, “you get a lot of groupthink. You get a lot of similar backgrounds coming up with similar solutions to similar problems. You don’t get that with Securis. Instead, people from all over the world come together with their own perspectives and opinions while working towards a shared goal. Securis and our customers benefit from our workforce diversity.”

Some of the countries represented through the Securis workforce are Egypt, El Salvador, Vietnam, Guatemala, Tunisia, and India, to name just a few. Representatives from these countries hold a range of jobs from the warehouse to the back office to the front office.

“We want the best people, the most qualified people, in different roles. It doesn’t matter where they’re from, education level, what have you,” continued Farber, “If they started out with Securis and worked hard and worked well, then there is an opportunity for them to climb the ladder.”

Given Securis’ business, diversity in the workplace is seen as a boon for other reasons. “We hire employees with diverse backgrounds,” says Dan Mattock, Securis’ EVP of Sales. “We also live in a very diverse region in Northern Virginia.

If a manager or business owner shares a background or home country with some of our employees, that’s a connection that you just can’t get any other way – it’s deep and profound and as long as the job goes well, then we become their preferred vendor moving forward.”

Warehouse workers in shredder shirts

Workforce Diversity in Special Needs Community

Securis celebrates the diversity and international makeup of its employees every day. In addition to cultural diversity, Securis has a long-time commitment to supporting people with disabilities in the workforce. Securis’ program teaches special ed students IT Recycling and Data Destruction. Recently, the company was able to expand training for disabled HS students. Students with special needs gain real-world work experience at Securis through a long-standing program with local Chantilly High School, in Fairfax County, Virginia.

In addition to Securis’ program for local high school students, the company is also committed to empowering workers with disabilities through an organization called Service Source.

Interested in joining a company that values diversity where you can thrive as both an individual and as a part of a team? Check out Securis’ current job openings and see if anything fits you and your career goals.

Recycling Technology Assets: A Business Revenue Stream

For businesses, when times are tough, they look for every income stream possible. When times are booming, smart businesses continue to look for every opportunity to increase revenue. Lessons learned during difficult times can often transfer over to better times and provide a necessary cushion during the next downturn. Recycling technology assets should be considered a business revenue stream.

One such practice every business should adopt is recycling its outdated and obsolete electronic equipment. Electronics recycling is the better choice for the environment. There’s also money that businesses can reap from their old machines. Even when times are good, why wouldn’t a business recycle old electronics and receive money for technology assets?

“Most employees don’t think about what happens to their old electronics,” says Laura Ware, Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Securis. “There’s no blue bin under their desk to toss old laptops in. If companies aren’t recycling their old equipment, they’re missing an opportunity.”

According to a recent report by the United Nations, only about 17% of e-waste is recycled annually. That waste includes toxins and heavy metals that are major pollutants. It also includes valuable, reusable resources such as gold, glass, copper, and silver. In fact, studies suggest that $60 million in gold and silver is thrown out with old cell phones every year.

Recycling Technology Assets = Money From Old IT Equipment

“What’s staggering to think about,” Laura continues, “is how much money is thrown away when companies don’t recycle e-waste. If businesses baked in the nominal costs of recycling equipment, they could add a nice cushion to their bottom line.”

Businesses and governments that practice IT recycling continues to grow, but there’s plenty of room to improve. There is tremendous room for growth and environmental stewardship on the corporate and government levels.

EPA’s Life Cycle Stages of Electronics
The EPA’s Life Cycle Stages of Electronics. Securis can be your trusted partner for collection, reuse/refurbishing, and recycling.

Looking to start recycling your company’s old machines? Make sure you partner with a reputable, certified e-waste recycling partner like Securis. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, certified recyclers, “have demonstrated to accredited, independent third-party auditors that they continually meet specific high environmental standards and safely manage used electronics.”

Securis holds multiple certifications from multiple independent organizations. Organizations concerned about the environment will benefit from choosing Securis for their data destruction and e-waste recycling program. Not only does nothing end up in a landfill, companies and government agencies and contractors make money from old IT assets.

The Circular Economy of E-Waste

When purchasing a new computer, phone, and other electronics, most of us don’t think about where the materials needed to produce them come from. The same is true regarding where our retired e-waste goes once it’s obsolete or replaced with newer technology. The climate is shifting as we’re faced with a growing number of electronic waste in landfills. Because of environmental awareness, we’re seeing a global shift from a linear model of production to a circular model. This is especially important in electronics recycling. Securis has long practiced the circular economy of e-waste.

Linear Economhy Circular Economy

Linear vs circular economy comparison from-waste recycling viewpoint

Take, Make, Break, and Toss: The Linear Model

“If people think about where their goods come from and where they end up, they’re probably thinking about the old, linear model,” says Laura Ware, Enterprise Sales and Sustainability Officer at Securis. “The linear model is, basically, ‘take, make, take, break, and toss.’ Companies take the resources they need to make a product, the customer takes the product and uses it until it breaks, and then tosses it where it ends up in a landfill. Electronics recycling is so important because it means that we’re repurposing and reusing as much raw material as we possibly can.”

The Circular Economy

The idea of a circular economy dates back to the late 1960s but gained widespread popularity in the early 2000s with the publication of the book “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. The book analyzes the ways in which production and manufacturing can upcycle rather than downcycle goods to ensure that resources are continually be reused and refreshed.

The Circular Economy

Concept of circular economy with businessman

Securis’ commitment to generate zero waste and ensure nothing ends up in a landfill is putting a circular economy model into daily business practices. Securis has been at the forefront of the circular economy before it was a known term. “While I’ve only been with Securis for a few months,” Laura says, “Jeremy Farber (Founder and President) started the business in the early 2000s before conservation and sustainability were boardroom buzzwords. Today, every business is looking for ways to do better for the environment. We’re here to help them do that.”

Committed to the Environment through E-Waste Recycling

Whether or not it’s data destruction and shredding or electronic waste recycling, Securis has built its business – and its reputation – on delivering exceptional results for its customers while adhering to strict environmental guidelines and certification mandates, such as those given by R2 and other industry governors.

“I love when customers have that ‘A-HA! moment,” says Laura. It’s when they realize that working with us is a win-win scenario. It’s better for the environment, it’s better for the bottom line, and it can put money in your pocket. It shows you that the circular economy really is made up of virtuous cycles with Securis right in the middle of it.”

Destroying SSDs: Drive Type Matters

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are a vital component of the machines we rely on. SSDs are essential to the operation of desktop computers, laptops, and servers. When the time comes to dispose of old equipment through data destruction, how the SSD is handled is one of the most important aspects of the process.

There are several different types of solid state drives. How these drives are shredded and disposed of varies based on what type of SSD it is. Securis’ team knows how to safely and effectively dispose of all types of SSDs and guarantees the physical destruction of each disk drive.

Essentially, there are three different types of solid state drives:

  • Laptop SSDs
  • Computer SSDs
  • Server SSDs

Laptops tend to be the most straightforward to dispose of, while servers tend to be the most difficult. Between the two are desktop computer SSDs. Each type of drive has its own set of challenges and steps that must be followed to ensure the proper destruction of the SSD.

Destroying SSDs

“We have the ability to shred each type of SSD,” says Nabil Frangieh, Service Manager at Securis. “Knowing which drives we’re dealing with ensures the customer gets an accurate estimate for what their job will cost. Servers are more labor-intensive than laptop drives, and are therefore more expensive to destroy.”

Laptop Solid State Drives

“When it comes to destroying SSDs, the least labor-intensive are laptop SSDs,” says Nabil. “With these, you simply open the machine and they come right out. We can then take the entire drive and shred it.”

Laptops are designed to be small, light, and portable. One way to eliminate both weight and size is to use simplified drives. Unlike desktops and servers, laptop SSDs are designed to be light and compact – giving users portable, powerful laptops. The downside to this efficiency is that SSDs in laptops tend to be more exposed and at risk of damage.

“Most higher-end laptops have an aluminum coating which helps to protect the SSD somewhat. Still, one accidental laptop drop and the SSD could be damaged.” Even with the added risk and typically smaller size, laptop SSDs are comparable to other types of solid state drives in terms of memory and storage.

Laptop Solid State Drives

Desktop Computer Solid State Drives

“For businesses, four years is about the limit for desktop computers,” Nabil says. “At that time, you’ll notice drags, capacity issues, and an inability to work on multiple projects at once.” When it’s time to upgrade or recycle, destroying SSDs from desktop computers requires a bit more effort than a laptop’s SSD to destroy.

“You can’t simply pop out a desktop computer SSD and shred it,” continued Nabil. The aluminum casing is designed to protect the SSD and will damage the shredder, which adds a step to destroying the drive. First, the SSD and its casing are removed, and then we remove the drive from its aluminum casing in order to shred it. Given the added step, the process takes longer and requires more manpower, which means that it’s a bit more expensive to physically destroy them.”

Types of SSD

Server Solid State Drives

Like desktops, server SSDs are housed in a protective aluminum casing. Given the demands and needs placed on them, server SSDs may also be enclosed in additional layers of casing. In that case, labor and time are higher due to the extra step of taking the SSD casing out of its housing.

“It’s about security and protection of a machine’s data and its memory capacity,” Nabil explains. “Server SSDs are designed to withstand a lot. We’re experts in getting through the protective layers so our clients can have the data on their server solid state drives destroyed safely, securely, and efficiently, even with these built-in protections.”

Knowing which SSDs a client needs destroyed helps everyone involved with electronic recycling and data destruction. Securis prides itself on its accuracy and ability to work with clients on all of their end-of-life electronics needs.

To find out how Securis can help your business, let us provide you with a free quote and let us know how you can make the most out of your old machines – whether they need to be recycled or destroyed.

Why Choose Local Hard Drive Shredding and Electronics Recycling?

Securis provides local hard drive shredding, electronics recycling, and data destruction. However, at our core, we’re really an environmental protection company. Our mission is to help reduce the amount of e-waste that ends up in landfills. This type of waste takes thousands of years to decompose and emits toxins into the air, soil, and water.

We see it as our responsibility to help people protect their data by destroying it in an environmentally safe and secure way. Hard drive shredding is not just a strong and sound business practice, but an environmental one as well.

Securis is committed to protecting the environment. That’s one of the primary reasons we strongly believe in maintaining multiple offices across our service region. It is better for our customers, the local economy, and the environment.

Better for Our Customers

When dealing with electronics recycling, shredding, and data destruction, there are federal, state, and local regulations. What components can and can not be recycled, repurposed, or scrapped can change from one area to another.

Large companies without a local presence may not be aware of local and state rules. The customer is left to face the consequences of not properly disposing of their e-waste.

Working with a local data destruction, e-waste recycler, and hard drive shredding company means they know the local statutes. They care about how materials are shredded, recycled, or scrapped and will be held accountable.

 

Better for the Local Economy

Local businesses rely on other local businesses. Securis has branches in North Carolina, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Virginia, and the DC metro area. If you’re in those areas, you can be sure that your local Securis branch puts resources back into your local economy. They support other local businesses. They work with local charities, and they know other members of the local business community.

The alternative is to use a company that isn’t local. While these companies may boast about their size, reach, or efficiency, they don’t generate any income for the local economy.

Local hard drive shredding and electronics recycling

Better for the Environment

Non-local asset destruction companies must get staff, equipment, and materials to the job site. That requires heavy trucks carrying heavy equipment. Empty trucks get about 8-11 miles/gallon. Add a full crew, heavy equipment for on-site hard drive destruction and electronics recycling, and they will get even less.

Local recycling companies do not pollute as much as their trucks don’t need to travel as far. Fuel costs add up quickly.

If a company located in DC has a job in Raleigh, NC, the cost of fuel alone would be $142.39 according to AAA. In this instance, working with a local business will save you close to $150 before any equipment is factored into your job.

Working with a local company for your e-waste recycling and hard drive shredding is the best choice you can make. For businesses in Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, Richmond, Virginia, and North Carolina, the best local choice is Securis. Find the location nearest you today.

Electronics Recycling Events to Celebrate Earth Day

This year, Earth Day is April 22, and people will celebrate by participating in ways to be better stewards of the earth. At Securis, we love Earth Day and are driven to do our part to protect the environment – not just in April, but every day of the year. Our commitment to reusing every component of an obsolete machine, recycling old electronics, and avoiding landfills is part of what drives our business. Holding an electronics recycling event with Securis is a win-win for the organization and for the planet.

A special thank you to the following clients who are holding electronics recycling events in celebration of Earth Day:

  • Republic Services and Brambleton Community Association Republic
  • Republic Services and South Riding Community Association
  • City of Laurel, MD
  • City of College Park
  • BOWA
  • Manassas
  • Chantilly
  • Loudoun County
  • Arlington County
  • Penzance (4 locations)
  • Simpli (2 locations)
  • Henrico County

Happy earth day 2021

According to our commitment to Environmental Responsibility, “it is the responsibility of all companies, organizations, and individuals to reduce the scope of both their professional and personal carbon footprints.” We are committed to working with companies to reduce their carbon footprint with our “No Landfill Guarantee,” which promises that electronics at the end of their lifecycle with being recycled rather than thrown away. It is the sound choice, as it prevents dangerous and toxic chemicals from seeping into the soil and groundwater. 

It is also a smart choice. Every piece of recycled electronic equipment has the potential to earn money. Every time Securis hosts an electronic recycling event, hundreds of machines are handed in and thousands of dollars go into people’s pockets. Caring for the environment should always be this easy!

Electronics recycling events

Just a small part of what we collect every month at our electronic recycling events throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Now imagine all of this sitting in a landfill unused for thousands of years.

Electronic recycling is the very definition of a virtuous cycle: a piece of recycled equipment is recycled rather than trashed. The organization recycling the electronics gets money back. The electronic components are repurposed, reused, or resold, bringing down costs of new machines. Many of the electronic components that are recycled means that less of the material needs to be mined out of the earth, which further helps protect the planet. The more often this continues, the more beneficial it is for everyone.

When working with Securis, organizations are guaranteed the Securis Environmental Promise:

  • Securis will not export any electronics to developing countries and continents like China, India, and Africa to stay compliant with Basel Action Network (BAN)
  • Securis will commit to doing all it can to recycle 100% of everything it receives
  • Securis will do everything it can to protect customer information
  • Securis will serve the community through outreach, charitable acts, and selfless service
  • Securis will continually look for ways to improve e-waste recycling efficiency
  • Securis will remain in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws

Earth Day tends to coincide with that other annual right of passage: spring cleaning. What better way to clean out your company’s old IT closest than partnering with a leader in e-waste and electronics recycling? When you do, you’re helping your business, and more importantly, helping the environment.

The Securis Core Value Innovation at Work during a Power Outage

Securis is a strong believer in our Core Values and this week, one was put to the test. There was a large power outage in the area, and the warehouse was too dark for the disassembly team to see all of the pieces and parts required to securely remove hard drives and other data-containing devices.

Rather than giving up on the day’s project list of data security and electronics recycling, the team moved their work areas to where it was more well lit.

Securis’s core value innovation is truly at work here!

Securis core value innovation
No light indoors? Innovative workers move their stations outside in the sunlight!

 

Core value innovation at work as employees relocate work stations in power outage
Disassembly employees relocate their work stations to sunlit areas during an area power outage

 

Innovation at work at Securis warehouse
Innovative teams find a way, even in an area power outage!

Securis is Hiring!

Interested in joining a fun, innovative team where management is dedicated to every employee’s work-life balance, having fun, and making a difference in the environment? View our open positions today and join us! Work for Securis!

Securis’ Core Values:

  1. Helps First – Put the team first
  2. Fun- Have the right attitude and stay positive
  3. Hungry – Have big goals and want to conquer the world
  4. Humbly Confident – Be humble, but be confident also
  5. Work-Life Harmony – Both are important but must be in balance
  6. Coachable- Always be learning
  7. Innovative – Nothing’s carved in stone, Question everything, Look for new ways.

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.