Prioritizing data security has shaped Cobalt’s process for retired hardware across the board, removing every ounce of risk from pickup onward, even when refurbishing and re-selling equipment. For equipment that truly has reached the end of the line, Cobalt’s customized shredding system leaves every last byte unrecoverable.
Our IT Asset Disposition Process
Cobalt’s process for collecting, evaluating, and processing electronics meets the highest possible standards and is designed to maximize the lifespan of your unneeded equipment. We focus on generating value back to you. Security, peace of mind, and continued usefulness: Retirement doesn’t get better than this.
We start by providing secure transportation to our state of the art processing facility. We even prepare and package all of the material for you. Our qualified and background checked employees ensure that your hardware is protected from damage in transit.
2) Independent Audit
Every asset is evaluated by our team of experts to determine which path it will take: Refurbishment and resale or destruction and recycling. Assets with reuse potential transition to auditing, in which we record the make, model, and serial numbers of each unit, along with any other data you may need. Auditing units move onto data sanitization.
3) Recycle or Refurbish
Our skilled refurbishment technicians test and compare your equipment to maximize resale value. Revenue sharing and rebate programs are in place to make sure you cover the most out of every resalable asset. If hardware fails our test and has no market demand, it will be sent through our innovative shredding system to be processed for recycling. Through our certified process of data destruction and device refurbishment, you can rest easy knowing Cobalt will protect your sensitive data while helping protect the environment.
Cobalt Data Security Policy
Cobalt will provide data destruction for all fixed storage devices. In such cases, Cobalt will perform either software destruction that meets National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Publication 800-88 standards for data sanitization or physical destruction through pulverizing, shredding, or other common destruction methods. Electronic equipment will be transported and recycled or refurbished in full compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations and guidelines. All equipment will be handled in accordance with the Cobalt Recycling Environmental Health and Safety Policy. Data liability is transferred at the point of secure pickup by Cobalt or when dropped off at a certified Cobalt facility.