What are “IT Ghost Assets” and Why Are They So Scary?

IT ghost assetsThanks to TV and movies, most of us can tell the difference between ghosts and  zombies.

But can you tell the difference between “ghost” and “zombie” IT assets? And more importantly, do you know why they’re so scary?

 Ghost assets refer to devices that you have in your inventory but don’t use. We’ve written about this topic before, and since then, have come across the term “zombie assets.” The distinction here is that zombie assets are those that are sitting in your building, but aren’t on your books.

In either case, you have cause for concern. These assets are a security risk. They often contain sensitive data, and if they’re still connected to the internet, you’re leaving important information out in the open.

And they’re also costing you money. You’re paying to power them or to store them or paying someone to look after them.

Organizations can eliminate ghost assets by conducting periodic audits of devices. It allows them to learn which assets are unnecessary, which ones can be retired or upgraded, and which ones may be on the books but no longer in the building. This kind of audit can help improve your budgeting and ensure that your data is secure.

And when you find assets that you can’t use anymore, remember that an IT asset management company like CWI can help you dispose of them. When you work with us, you’ll be able to secure your data and recoup some of the cost of your devices.

CWI uses data wiping measures that are approved by the U.S. Dept. of Defense to ensure your old equipment is clear of any sensitive information before it reaches new owners.

And we resell your unwanted IT assets through a trusted network of buyers, offering a variety of payment options depending on your needs.

Get in touch with us if you want to get some extra value from the ghost and zombie assets you’ve scared away from your office.

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