|[January 08, 2019]
Amid Recent Reports of Unintentional Mass Exporting of Sensitive Data, ERI's John Shegerian Warns of Urgent Need for Improved Security
Citing a recent Business
Insider article describing the steady stream of servers containing
sensitive digital data flowing from western countries to destinations
throughout the globe, John Shegerian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
the nation's leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's
largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, has called
the situation a "significant threat to national security." To combat
that threat, Shegerian said, it has become urgently important to account
for data on discarded hardware.
The Business Insider article, written by Jim Edwards, reported that
western businesses routinely sell their old tech hardware to private
companies in foreign countries, without destroying the sensitive data
first, citing specific examples of highly sensitive data making its way
abroad via used hardware. One of the many examples in the article was a
description of a "mostly coplete" directory of "passwords for a major
European aerospace manufacturer" that made their way to a second-hand
Edwards argued that, " …One of the West's biggest cybersecurity
vulnerabilities is our idiotic habit of sending servers full of
sensitive information to foreign countries."
Shegerian agrees and warns that the massive increase in breaches via
discarded hardware in recent years is unfortunately just the tip of the
"When a device is responsibly recycled here in the US, part of that
process should always include complete, physical data destruction," said
Shegerian. "Guaranteed data destruction is key. Some companies believe
their data is being wiped when they drop devices off for recycling and
that is not always the case. Also, unethical and illegal shipping of
e-waste abroad has become an additional layer to the hardware security
issue because it leads to the wholesale liquidation of our national
security and the privacy of the corporations and individuals of the
United States. Recycling these devices is important, but it must be done
the right way."
Shegerian noted that ERI currently provides the only dually certified
nationwide solution offering 100 percent guaranteed data destruction for
consumer electronics devices, e-waste, and hardware.
ERI is the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset
disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction
company in the United States. ERI is certified
at the highest level by all leading industry oversight organizations to
de-manufacture, recycle, and refurbish every type of electronic device
in an environmentally responsible manner. ERI has the capacity to
process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its
eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the United States.
ERI's mission is to protect organizations, people and the environment.
For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call
1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit https://eridirect.com.
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