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5 Major Data Breaches and What Businesses Can Learn From Them

Every convenience comes at a cost, and in the case of an Internet-connected and data-dependent business world, one significant cost is the risk of a major data breach.

Recent data breaches have come from many directions and sources. A data breach can be as subtle as hacking into a database to steal a list of email […]

March 23rd, 2020|

What is R2 Certification and Why is it Important?

The electronics recycling and IT asset disposition (ITAD) industry has unfortunately suffered from a few black eyes since its inception. At fault have been a small number of businesses that sought to generate profit from electronics recycling without due diligence as to the environmental, health, safety, and liability risks incurred when processing this material. A […]

March 9th, 2020|

6 Best Practices to Make Your IT Assets More Valuable

There comes a point in every car owner’s life when they must decide whether the costs of repairing and replacing parts on their old car outweigh the benefits of selling it on to a new owner and upgrading to something newer. But would you guess that the same applies to your company’s IT equipment?

Much like […]

February 4th, 2020|

4 Signs Your IT Hardware Has Become Outdated

The pace of advancement in IT can sometimes surge ahead of the pace of business. As a result, companies may find themselves using and relying on equipment – computers, laptops, network switches, and servers, for example – that’s become outdated, practically overnight.

So what? You might ask. Does “latest” always mean “greatest”? Besides, didn’t we just […]

January 21st, 2020|

When a Used Car Comes with Used Data

What do you do when you unexpectedly come across someone else’s personal information? Buying a used car came with an important reminder about where our data goes when we're not looking.
January 20th, 2020|

How Do Outdated Electronics Get Repurposed?

Deciding the fate of outdated, decommissioned electronics also means deciding the fate of any data they may store. The IT asset disposition process requires security from start to finish to ensure that your company’s data is safe & secure.

At Cobalt, all steps of the process are completed on-site by our experienced team.

Cobalt’s process for collection, […]

November 20th, 2019|

Recycle or Refurbish: The Best Retirement Plan For Your Electronics

When it’s time to upgrade, it’s important to select the safest & most beneficial retirement plan for your outdated IT assets. Every organization has different needs for their old electronics, so it’s important to choose a vendor who can meet those needs and keep your data safe.

At Cobalt, there are two options for retired assets: […]

November 20th, 2019|

What is ITAD?

ITAD stands for Information Technology Asset Disposition. The goal of ITAD is to recycle or refurbish retired technology in a secure way, protecting your company’s data in the process. 

 
Why is ITAD Important?
Some companies may ship your decommissioned electronics elsewhere to be recycled or refurbished- where they aren’t in control of the security. Without secure sanitization […]

November 8th, 2019|

An Insider’s Look at IT Asset Disposition

Our mission and passion is to protect our clients’ brands through proper data destruction techniques.

It’s not an easy business.
But doing the right thing isn’t always easy.
Here’s The Common Process:
Most data destruction entities ship their wholesale scrap to a foreign country because they’ll receive a more substantial and immediate profit.

However, that’s the least secure way […]

November 4th, 2019|

Why I Hate the Term E-Waste

It is not accurate to describe electronics as "e-waste" when there is so much potential and value still left in them.
August 16th, 2019|

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