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IT directors prefer to destroy old tech rather than sell it on

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Many IT directors would rather destroy their company's obsolete hardware than sell it to a third party, a new report from IT asset company DSA Connect claims.

The report states that decision-makers are worried the data (opens in new tab) found on these devices will not be properly deleted. If this data were to be obtained by a third party, the company could be on the hook for large fines and suffer damage to customer trust and revenue. As a result, three in ten mothball their IT hardware instead.

The amount of obsolete hardware is also growing, the report further claims. According to more than half of the respondents, this is happening because they don't trust professional data erasure service providers, while almost four in ten (39 percent) claim it's due to a growing number of staff heading for the exit during the Covid-19 crisis.

Stricter data regulations have also forced a tenth of respondents to store more information, giving rise to concerns around proper data handling.

“We are pleased to see how seriously businesses are taking the laws around data erasure (opens in new tab) and IT hardware destruction,” commented Harry Benham, Chairman of DSA Connect. “Businesses are right to be cautious when it comes to their end-of-life hardware, if not wiped correctly, they could face significant fines for data breaches, which could also damage their brand and reputation.”

“We are seeing an increasing number of companies that claim to legally and professionally dispose of data and end of life hardware, however we have found that the processes some of them use are flawed and the data they have deleted can be retrieved.”

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.