Government organizations have strict criteria for managing their end-of-life IT assets. Protecting sensitive data is of utmost importance, which is why these agencies must partner with only the most trusted IT asset disposition (ITAD) companies.
WIth rigorous security measures in place, Quantum is able to meet the ITAD needs of government agencies by aligning our practices with stringent requirements for handling assets. Not only can we satisfy security checks, but we also offer the option of reuse to drastically increase the value of rebates and decrease governments’ environmental footprint. Here’s a closer look into how Quantum helps government organizations solve complex ITAD challenges.
Managing End-of-Life Assets in Government
Currently, Canadian governments are subject to the Privacy Act, which was enacted in 1983. According to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the law requires appropriate safeguards for the personal information gathered by the government. The Government of Canada has also announced that they are modernizing the act to mirror data privacy laws in other areas, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced by the European Union in 2018. Moreover, some provincial and territorial governments have their own statutes for protecting private data in both the public and private sectors.
As such, Canadian governments can’t simply toss their IT assets to the curb when they’re through with them. Not only would this violate environmental regulations, but it would also compromise sensitive data covered under the privacy act, including information about:
- Employment insurance
- Tax collections and refunds
- Policing and public safety
- Security pensions
As administrative activities become increasingly digitized, it’s more important than ever for government agencies to find secure means of destruction for any devices that could store personal information.
The Challenge of Finding a Trusted ITAD Partner
When seeking out an ITAD service provider, government organizations must first determine whether the candidate can pass their security requirements. In many cases, requirements include background checks for any personnel who may come into contact with their assets. At Quantum, any personnel who would even have the possibility of touching government assets are cleared, including the drivers of our vehicles, the technicians who physically process the assets, and office personnel who have access to the secure areas within our facility. These standards ensure the teams who could be handling government assets from initial pick up all the way to final disposition pass all necessary criminal and financial background checks.
While there are plenty of other providers who will come to a facility and pick up assets, no questions asked, governments cannot afford to introduce any level of risk. In addition to verifying that the ITAD company’s personnel pass security checks, they also need visibility into the asset disposition process to ensure their equipment is handled securely from the moment it leaves their location. Quantum offers just that, through serialized asset tracking, the highest data security qualifications available, and Certificates of Destruction. For these reasons, Quantum is a clear leader for handling the unique needs of government organizations.
Quantum’s Approach: Satisfying Security Needs While Maximizing Economic & Environmental Benefits
While the need for secure asset disposition is understandably the topmost priority for government agencies, Quantum offers added benefits through our services. Not only can we satisfy data security needs by removing and physically shredding hard drives, but we can also maximize value by turning what’s left of unwanted IT assets into profit.
By encouraging the reuse of assets that no longer contain any data instead of simply recycling them, Quantum offers governments a unique solution for drastically increasing the value of their rebate, while also offering an environmentally friendly approach to managing end-of-life devices. All of this is done without compromising security.
With our ability to meet compliance requirements while also delivering maximized value environmentally and economically, Quantum is a premier service provider for government organizations of all sizes and scope. Our team will make the ITAD process simple and specified to your unique requirements.