According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) the biggest threat to your business’ data security is you and your staff.

Figures show that human error accounts for almost two-thirds (62%) of the data breach incidents reported to the ICO. This far outweighs other threats such as hacking and insecure webpages, which accounted for just 9% combined.

Human error in the disposal process

Human error can occur during many business processes but the report found that it was a particular issue in cases of insecure disposal of IT hardware and documents.

The most common type of breach occurred as a result of someone sending data to the wrong person. This report goes to show how important it is for businesses to have strict procedures in place for the handling of sensitive data.

High profile hacks

A lot has been made of the high profile hacks from the likes of Yahoo and the National Lottery, however, for many businesses the biggest danger is from within the organisation.

We know from experience that many companies do not have a plan in place for when a piece of IT hardware has reached the end of its use. This means that many are handing over sensitive data to people without the expertise to securely and effectively deal with it.

At Tier 1 IT Disposal, we’ve handled the disposal of computers and laptops for some of the UK’s largest blue chip organisations. Alongside this, we accurately track every device that enters our process, meaning you can keep records of your hardware as it is disposed of.

Watch the video below to find out why PwC, one of the largest professional services firms in the world, trust us to recycle their IT securely and efficiently.

If you’d like to chat to someone at Tier 1 about the safe disposal of your computers then call us on 0161 777 1000.

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