Wipe the Drive Before You Give
West Palm Beach IT support is necessary when you're conducting a hardware refresh. Certainly, you want to retain the information from your old computers. But you don't want to leave that information on them before you donate or otherwise rid yourself of them. The reason is, some of that information could be used to compromise your existing systems.
Here's how: hackers will use old computers to source password and login information. IBM has more than 40 separate databases accessible from multiple locations across the country. Some of those databases are as old as the hills, or so it seems. You can actually find databases still in operation among big-ticket organizations that were put into play back in the 80s. Those databases haven't been properly updated because they were integral enough that the cost of upgrade was greater than the cost of designing software emulators around those old databases, and uploading them onto modern end-user portals.
Considerations Many Miss
Now, organizations like IBM are usually wise enough to wipe their old computers when doing a hardware refresh. But not always. Sometimes one falls through the cracks via human error.
Additionally, consider that sometimes data can be restored on hard-drives whose wipes aren't professionally done. Think about CSI and remember that scene where techs in the forensic department restore data from old hard drives that deleted the information. Sometimes data can even be restored on hard-drives that were deliberately destroyed by previous owners. The fact is, you can't really delete everything--- not if there's a savvy enough computer technician available to hunt information.
West Palm Beach IT support from the right provider will be able to render service which actively destroys data and renders a compliance certificate indicating 100% deletion. Without such service solutions, you're definitely compromising yourself. Sure, it's possible hackers won't go to your old systems, hack into them, and steal financial, log-in, or proprietary data. But the question you should be asking yourself is one Clint Eastwood famously asked in Dirty Harry: "Do you feel lucky? Well? DO YA?"
If your current IT support provider doesn't offer such solutions, it's advisable to find an IT provider that will. In fact, there’s a bevy of services worth considering, such as:
- Business Continuity Planning
- Managed Services
- Services Available On-Demand
- Cloud Computing Solutions
- Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
- Spam and Email Protection
- Database Development
- Application Development
- Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions
- Antivirus Solutions
- Spyware Detection/Removal
Holographic Service Delivery
Protecting your hard drives during an upgrade is only one component of operations. Additionally, you want to make sure that other security measures are in place. Think of it like a hologram. With a hologram, one "image" can be completely reconstructed from multiple dimensions. You can cut it up but reconstruct the entire image, because it's a recording of light around a "subject" rather than a simple static picture. Likewise, security should have an all-encompassing aspect to it which captures security needs from multiple angles. It's not enough to have just one kind or another, or things may be missed.
West Palm Beach IT support through Nexxen Technologies, Inc. can provide deletion certificates, as well as the entire bullet list enumerated above. We have comprehensive security. Contact us to ensure your organization's operations remain safe.