In fact, the term refers to something far more pedestrian: computers and other IT devices your organization owns, but no longer uses. They take up space, power and resources.
Here are a few steps to protect your data when you’re disposing of your old IT assets recommended by the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers.
- Make sure your data is wiped
If done the right way, a data wipe is 99.999 percent effective, a percentage accepted by the U.S. Department of Defense. You can buy a data wiping program and take care of this in-house, or you can work with a company that can do this for you.