Author Olive2012

Twice Shredded Smartphones

Why would anyone want to shred a smartphone…twice? Well, if they wanted to be sure that all of their private information wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands; they might shred it or burn it or both! Who would blame them when Wikileaks and identity theft stories dominate the news headlines? From corporate espionage to bored hackers, it seems someone is always after someone else’s data! How does one keep private, corporate or government information from becoming public knowledge?

Recently a large federal agency that had upgraded their enterprise-wide smartphones wanted to have the old phones destroyed. The security officer responsible for the destruction of these smartphones took the smartphones to an un-knowledgeable electronics recycling company who shredded the phones. Unfortunately that company didn’t have the specialized equipment to shred them small enough and the officer found several intact SIM cards in a pile of shredded residue. Luckily he found the un-shredded cards before the Inspector General found them!

The government security officer took back possession of the improperly shredded material and called Data Killers, the recognized leader in destruction services. He asked that Data Killers re-shred several piles of already shredded smartphones properly because he had heard that Data Killers has the ability to shred any type of material down to 2 mm on-site nationwide. Data Killers proceeded to correctly shred the material ensuring that the SIM cards were properly destroyed and that the government’s information was secured.

“Leaving the SIM card intact defeats the purpose of destroying the phone. The majority of a smartphone’s information is stored on the memory card,” stated Data Killers President, Elizabeth Wilmot. “For organizations dealing with highly sensitive information, secure destruction is not an option; it is an obligation!” she added. Data Killers warns that assured compliance is not an inherent part of every electronics recycling business. Choosing a company with the knowledge and ability to properly destroy and dispose of all types of electronics is the only way to avoid a potential data security breach.

Data Killers is the destruction arm of Turtle Wings, Inc., an ISO certified, woman-owned, HUBZoned company holding multiple GSA contracts.