Secure
disposal of IoT equipment is a key aspect of a proactive approach to the
management of all damaged, obsolete, or no longer required equipment, and part
of actions to be taken at the end of an item’s operational life.

 

Disposal of an IoT or and IT equipment is a process which determines how
the device is going to be retired, discarded or simply destroyed, once it no
longer required.

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1.  
Purpose

 

The purpose
of this procedure is to ensure that IoT equipment which belongs
to Company X, and is no longer
required by a department is;

 

·        
Removed
from the asset register of Company
X

·        
No
longer incurring maintenance charges

·        
Securely
wiped of all data from any internal
media (hard disk drives, media cards,
etc.).

·        
Disposed
of in a suitable manner (Ethical and
environmentally friendly and under
the WEEE directive)

 

2.  
Procedure

 

If a department identifies any IoT equipment or device
supporting IoT infrastructure as being surplus to their requirements,
then action must be taken by an IT manager to organize secure disposal.

 

Arrangements
will need be made for the
devices to be taken off the asset register, support and maintenance contract.
A member of the local
support team or an administrator will contact the department to make arrangements for collection.

 

Once
the device is collected by the local
support team, all the data and software must be wiped from the device. This is to ensure
that no sensitive data can be recovered from the storage.

 

When all the data is securely removed from the storage, arrangements
should be made for
the Company X approved disposal
company to collect the equipment. This company will ensure
that all IoT equipment is recycled in line with the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive.

 

However,
where possible the
equipment will be reutilized in other
areas of Company X.

 

Due to
security reasons, IoT equipment must not be sold to employees and/or in the open
market. 

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