How Are You Erasing the Data on Your Mobile Devices?

mobile device managementMore and more people are using smartphones and tablets for their primary workplace computer, causing IT asset managers to take a closer look at their data destruction practices.

This phenomenon is something we’ve discussed on this blog before. Some offices have what’s known as a BYOD – “bring your own device,” while others tell their workers “Choose your own device” (CYOD), letting them pick from a list of preapproved devices.

It’s not something every company has embraced – in fact, some companies ban it. But if your company has a CYOD policy, it’s worth looking at some methods available to erase data from mobile devices.

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What to Consider When Leasing IT Hardware

leasing IT hardwareWhen you’re taking steps to acquire new IT assets, you might be faced with a choice: Do I buy or do I lease?

There are a number of advantages to leasing, chief among them the chance to avoid making major one-time capital outlays. There are also a number of considerations to make before you lease.

Writing on the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) website, Jenny Schuchert lists some steps to take when leasing IT hardware.

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5 Steps to Protect Your Data When Disposing of IT assets

iStock_000075300107_SmallWhen you get rid of your organization’s old electronic devices, it’s important to make sure you’re not also getting rid of valuable data.

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.

  1. 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.

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Time to Upgrade Corporate Devices?

TypingWhether your company has a few dozen mobile devices or a few hundred, one thing remains the same: those devices will eventually need to be replaced.

Do you have a plan for replacing them?

It’s important to hold your mobile devices to the same standard as other IT assets when disposing of them. They contain sensitive company and employee information, which means you need to perform a factory reset – or otherwise purge that data – or risk a pretty big vulnerability.

It’s the responsibility of your company’s mobile device asset manager to make sure those devices are clean when they leave your property.

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Is BYOD Here to Stay?

BYODWe’ve written before about the “bring your own device trend” in the workplace, but a recent survey seems to suggest that the BYOD movement may be on the decline.

The survey, conducted by the nonprofit trade group CompTIA, found that the number of companies banning BYOD policies has grown by nearly 20 percent over the past two years, from 34 percent in 2013 to 53 percent in 2015.

“It’s not quite the death of BYOD, but there does seem to be a decrease in the use of BYOD in enterprises,” said Tim Herbert, CompTIA’s vice president for research and marketing intelligence, speaking in an interview with ComputerWorld.

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