There has been research published in February of this year that claims the end-if-life IT mobile device such as smart phones and Laptops are a serious risk to companies and their clients.
With companies focused on IT recycling of larger items the mobile phone often overlooked in the whole IT Waste Management process.
It is estimated that this year alone there will be 50m company phones across Europe that have reached IT End of Life.
Less than 10 per cent of these it is estimated will be recycled with most of them turning up on auction sites such as eBay.
The research claims that the average smart phone will contain 30,000 pages of data when it reaches End of Life. And although large organisations will say that they have policies and procedures in place for EoL IT mobiles and the reality is that less than 5 per cent of them are complying with their own IT Waste Management policy.
Most of the companies have simply transferred the responsibility of EoL IT to their communications service providers and hoped the outsourcing contract will mean they are covered.
There is a distinct lack of proper procedure with the Telecommunications companies in relation to EoL IT, with many of them auctioning off the IT disposal equipment to the highest bidder. The Environmental and sustainability programmes that they do run are mainly to do with energy saving in the data centres.
From the evidence available there is often classified company data being posted on public blogs and much of the EoL IT is being transported to illegal dumping grounds with child labour and hazardous conditions. Proper IT Waste Management is extremely slack with no discernable tracking of the EoL IT.
But the most pertinent news for the senior management is that under EU Environmental Regulations they can be held responsible for what happen to EoL IT. Without a lifecycle solution in place for EoL IT companies are paying scant regard to their social responsibility and missing an opportunity to raise their information security profile.
http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/16032/endoflife-it-assets-pose-serious-security-risk-to-most-firms/