Research reveals 6% of employers throw away old technology hardware

  • 30% of people who believe their employers have mothballed old technology believe it is worth over £10,000

New researchfrom UK based DSA Connect, an IT asset disposal company that specialises in the permanent deletion and destruction of electronic data, reveals that 6% of people say their employers simply just throw away old technology hardware.  Just 35% say it is recycled, but 10% claim it is mothballed and not used again.

Other uses of the technology include donating it to charities, and just 10% say it is sold.

What employers do with old technology hardware  Percentage of people in work who believe their employers do this with their old technology hardware
Recycled35%
Given to junior colleagues12%
Donated to charities11%
Mothballed/stored away and not used10%
Sold10%
Thrown away6%
Don’t know38%

Overall, 34% of people claim that one or more pieces of hardware technology given to them by their employers were second hand.

Harry Benham, Chairman of DSA Connect told B365: “What employers do with their second-hand technology hardware can have huge implications for them.  Generating an income from selling it or donating it to charities are great ways to utilise old technology hardware, but if the data has not been wiped off it properly, employers could end up facing huge fines. 

 “It is probably because of this that one in ten people believe their employers re-allocate or mothball old technology without taking steps to delete stored data.”

 DSA Connect is an IT asset disposal specialist. It specialises in the erasure and destruction of electronic data using tools certified by CESG and approved by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It ensures that all data storage media and equipment is removed from a client’s premises and transported to its secure facility in unmarked, tracked vehicles.

 The company was established in 2011 to partner the Ministry of Defence in developing the MoD’s asset disposal service.

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