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Free Data Protection Risk Assessment is Available From Xperien

IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) specialist Xperien is offering a complimentary data protection assessment to uncover any potential risks in current processes for storing and disposing of confidential data.

This is perfect timing as the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act has been tabled in parliament. It stipulates how companies may collect, handle, store and discard information, with heavy penalties for those that fail to comply.

The Act enforces companies to introduce strict measures and guidelines that will safeguard the processing, usage and handling of sensitive information. It places a strict onus on businesses when it comes to handling personal information about their clients, staff and customers.

To assist organisations, Xperien has launched its IT Asset Disposal Fitness Check, an analytical tool that will help them determine their level of ITAD compliance and readiness.

By participating in the IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) management analysis, five companies will also stand a chance of winning a free ITAD policy formulation.

Xperien’s Head of IT asset disposal Bridgette Vermaak says few organisations have procedures in place to deal with the notification of security breaches. “The analysis will help companies understand the various risks of non-compliance associated with IT Asset Disposal.”

She warns that companies cannot always provide evidence that all personal data that resides on used and decommissioned hard drives, has been disposed of in a compliant manner.

"What method of data destruction is used on your redundant IT assets, is it data sanitation (digital shredding), hard drive degaussing, hard drive destruction (physical shredding) or hammer and drill,” she explains.

“Or if you are using a service provider, do you get fair market value (FMV) for your redundant IT equipment and can they deliver full reporting, including waybills, inventory and certificates for disposed assets. These are some of the questions that need to be answered," she concludes.

To participate in the IT Asset Disposal Fitness Check to determine one's level of ITAD compliance and readiness, visit or contact Xperien on (011) 462-8806.

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