Hard Drive Shredding New York Style

Posted by Frank Milia

Jan 13, 2015 8:55:00 AM

ITAMG regularly provides IT disposal and data destruction services to our clients with offices and data centers in New York City. Recently we have had a lot of new clients ask us how it’s even possible for us to provide onsite hard drive shredding services in the chaotic New York environment. This post provides a quick explanation of how we manage obstacles and securely destroy electronic media in one of America’s most bustling cities.

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Parking in New York City can be a nightmare. The industrial shredding equipment used to shred hard drives weighs thousands of pounds and is mounted on a large box truck (similar to paper shredding trucks you may be more familiar with). Most loading docks in New York City are extremely busy and located indoors, so idling and shredding drives at a dock is not an option due to congestion as well as health and safety concerns.

In order to get the work done curbside our crew will first scan and capture the serial numbers of the drives and then place the media into a locked container while still inside the client’s space. They then transport the locked containers, which are on wheels, down to the mobile shredding truck.

When there are no available parking spaces in the area we may be required to park several blocks from the client’s location. Although the client may be forced to get some unexpected exercise by taking a walk to the truck, he or she is able to follow the media at all times, and no media is left unattended.

To combat parking restrictions we always staff at least three crew members in New York City. All hard drive shredding projects in New York are staffed with a driver and a minimum of two technicians. With this strategy the truck can remain in a standing zone nearby while the other two crew members audit and prepare the drives for destruction.

When the technicians are done processing and auditing the drives the truck is called in to collect the container and the drives are destroyed at the nearest possible location. This staffing practice accounts for a potential emergency or required break and allows for a crew member to always remain available to guard the media prior to its destruction.   

Everything, especially time, in New York is expensive. In order to reduce service costs our shredding trucks are also equipped to collect electronic waste and surplus computer equipment that is being liquidated.  In addition to the shredded media remains there is space to remove upwards of three hundred desktops at a single service.

We are able to reduce shipping and logistics costs for projects that require both on-site media destruction and IT asset disposal services by performing both services at the same time.      

ITAMG has been working in New York City with our own crews since 1999. If you are already a New York hard drive shredding client please reach out to your account manager and let us know how we are doing.      

 

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IT Asset Disposal and Data Destruction Program Management

Posted by Frank Milia

Dec 10, 2014 9:50:00 AM

Since 1999 our primary business at IT Asset Management Group has been focused on developing and implementing the process, controls, and oversights necessary to run a compliant, secure, and economically viable IT asset disposition program.  We are now drawing upon our unique experience and capabilities to provide consulting, program management, and project management services for data destruction, environmental, asset management, and return management initiatives. 

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ITAMG’s disposition programs are designed to bridge the gap and achieve the goals of various stakeholders including Finance, IT, Facilities, and Procurement departments.   

A broad approach to an asset disposal program is as follows:

  • Develop and furnish the initial operational, financial and technical assessments relating to an asset disposition program.
  • Recommend alternative operational processes and organizational solutions.
  • Provide budgetary cost and income estimates for the alternative approaches
  • Develop a Statement of Work for the program or project.
  • Assist with evaluation, selection and contracting, including the execution of Service Level Agreements.
  • Provide implementation and acceptance testing project management.
  • Include on-going program support as defined by client. Including delivery management, SLA monitoring and documentation of the financial returns.
  • Ensure Quality Control and Risk Management.

 

ITAMG’s asset disposal program management services are best suited for the Fortune 500, large government agencies, IT value added resellers, and other institutions with a significant IT hardware portfolio that requires the liquidation of at least one million dollars of surplus IT equipment in a single fiscal year. 

However, we do engage smaller mid-market clients to consult on and improve IT asset disposal and data destruction practices as well as to provide our direct IT asset recovery and hard drive shredding services.    

 

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Topics: IT End of Life Strategy, data destruction, Computer Liquidation, NIST 800-88, IT Asset Disposal NY

Networking Device Erasure and Data Destruction

Posted by Frank Milia

Sep 26, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Storage devices and electronic media are not the only devices that require erasure and data destruction service levels in order to eliminate risks of causing a breach from an equipment disposition. Networking devices, routers, and switches hold sensitive information that in the wrong hands can be used to find entry to or otherwise compromise a network’s security.

The good news is that the major manufacturers have built in acceptable erasure methods into various networking devices and the process is easy to navigate.

At IT Asset Management Group we utilize the best methods of clearing a device depending on the manufacturer’s instructions and tools available. If a device cannot be reset to factory default, configuration cleared, NVRAM erased, VLAN cleared or any other information fails to erase with 100% certainty the device is quarantined and then physically destroyed.

The exact method of erasing networking devices will be specific to the manufacturer and model of the hardware but the following is broad overview of the process.Networking_DevicesMethods for Networking Device Erasure 

  1. Switches - Clear all configuration files including startup and running configuration files. Erase the NVRAM file system and removal of all files. Reload the switch to factory default. Clear all VLAN information created on switch. Confirm device has been cleared.
  2. Routers - Reset password and device to factory default.   Using Register Configuration write erase and set device back to factory default. Confirm device has been cleared.  

A sample of the type of manufacturer provided instructions used by ITAMG can be found below.

Common Switch: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/switches/catalyst-2900-xl-series-switches/24328-156.html

Common Router: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/ios-nx-os-software/ios-software-releases-123-mainline/46509-factory-default.html

Networking Device Destruction

Any device that cannot be reset and confirmed to no longer contain any user created configurations or data should be physically dismantled, shredded, and recycled for commodity material in accordance with all local, state, and federal laws. ITAMG’s data destruction services are developed in accordance with the DoD 5220.22-M standards and NIST 800-88 Guidelines for Media Sanitization.

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Calculate the Value of Used Computer Equipment

Posted by Frank Milia

Sep 16, 2014 2:27:53 PM

Perhaps the most common question people ask IT Asset Management Group is how do we figure out what surplus IT equipment is worth? In order for ITAMG to provide our clients with bids, proposals, and projections for surplus and end of life computer equipment, we research the most current sales pricing and values available on the secondary markets. We analyze the inventory of equipment our clients wish to dispose of and use recent sales and current offers on equipment in order to gauge what a fair market value is.

 

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The value of used IT equipment is no different than any other product or commodity and is governed by the laws of supply and demand. New software platforms, product releases, regulations, canceling of product lines or support and technology trends will change consumer demands for refurbished computer equipment and in turn effect the value of equipment on the secondary markets and what an IT asset disposal vendor will be able to pay out during a liquidation.

For instance, the value of useful equipment can be drastically reduced when a large organization disposes of a high volume of equipment in a small period of time. If a company decides they are no longer using a specific blade server, and disposes of thousands of a specific type of blade, the market will become flooded with this item.  In this situation, regardless of the equipment’s technological viability, the price will plummet on the secondary markets.

These factors are why ITAMG relies on the most current market information in order to develop our pricing and sales strategies. We work with enterprise clients to develop programs and processes to increase the returns during computer liquidation.

We understand our clients' and community may benefit from a tool that would provide quick estimates on what surplus computer equipment may be worth. That is why we developed the ITAMG Depreciation Calculator that enables our clients to plug in the original purchase price of equipment and determine the deprecation cycle stage as well as an estimate on what the fair market value of the equipment might be.

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ITAMG does not use this calculator to determine value propositions or bids for used computer equipment, but it is a handy tool to develop a refresh strategy and estimate how much returns a future disposal could generate.

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Topics: IT Asset Disposal, computer hardware, Computer Liquidation

ITAMG Celebrates 15 Years in IT Asset Disposal Services

Posted by Frank Milia

Sep 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM

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Here at IT Asset Management Group (a New York based IT asset disposal and data destruction provider) we are thrilled to be celebrating our fifteenth year in business. Since September of 1999 ITAMG has grown from our modest beginnings delivering computer liquidation services to New York Metropolitan area firms to assisting global Fortune 500 and private companies with their asset disposal and data destruction programs.

In the last several years our service offerings expanded to provide on-site data destruction solutions including client site hard drive shredding and software wiping services as well as tape media and mobile device destruction. ITAMG is currently increasing efforts to secure data destruction contracts with Government agencies, and is taking steps to be listed on a schedule with the U.S. General Services Administration this year.  

We continue to focus our outreach to clients, and potential business partners, around best practices related to data security, environmental compliance, and methods for running an efficient disposition program to reduce costs and increase returns on surplus equipment.

As we look forward to future success our initiatives are to improve the client experience both during site services and through improved reporting and asset tracking methods.

We are also taking measures to expand capabilities related to technology relocation services, asset management, program management, and disposition consulting.

Our goal is to lead the IT asset disposition industry by helping our clients improve their information security and bottom line by establishing deeper engagements as a trusted strategic adviser. We owe our success to our dedicated customer base and would like to thank all who have supported us during the past fifteen years. We look forward to growing and improving with you.

 

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