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Dollar Tree Stores ordered to pay $2.72 million for illegal hazardous waste disposal

Dollar Tree Stores ordered to pay $2.72 million for illegal hazardous waste disposal | eScrap | Scoop.it
OAKLAND -- Dollar Tree Stores is ordered to pay $2.72 million to settle a civil prosecution lawsuit over illegal hazardous waste disposal, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced Friday.

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Dollar Tree Stores were illegally dumping into landfills hazmat products like batteries, corrosive liquids and e-waste

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IAITAM's curator insight, May 12, 2015 9:31 AM

While disposal vendors are the main target for enforcement, businesses are not immune.  Put this article in your files if you need to convince an executive of the importance of choosing ITAD vendors carefully.

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NAID challenges New Jersey hard drive destruction restriction

NAID challenges New Jersey hard drive destruction restriction | eScrap | Scoop.it
Regulation limits options for destroying hard drives containing PPI.

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The role of IT management is affected by the changing power structure in organizational leadership.  The cloud creates opportunities for business unit leaders to make their own IT decisions, potentially shifting IT’s visibility into the organization’s total digital footprint. 

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IAITAM's curator insight, April 9, 2015 1:06 PM

Hard drive destruction via shredding as a first step is common and organizations are choosing mobile shredding and onsite shredding to reduce data exposure.  Not so fast:  shredding in New Jersey, US requires use of a specific type of permit that would eliminate these options.  This issue is a good example of where the ITAD industry and data security experts (NAID) are working to balance practical needs with legal language so that the goals of recycling laws continue to be met.  Bravo to our provider members who are participating!  

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Hard drive destruction via shredding as a first step is common and organizations are choosing mobile shredding and onsite shredding to reduce data exposure.  

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Wearables in the Enterprise Take Different Path than BYOD Predecessors

Wearables in the Enterprise Take Different Path than BYOD Predecessors | eScrap | Scoop.it
The top-down approach that will ensure the success of some wearables in the enterprise is becoming more apparent daily. Here's why.

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Still catching up to managing mobile devices?  Now comes the wearables and according to this article, their use will not follow the same path as previous mobile devices.  

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IAITAM's curator insight, April 9, 2015 1:06 PM

Still catching up to managing mobile devices?  Now comes the wearables and according to this article, their use will not follow the same path as previous mobile devices.  

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Managing BYOD expenses: How to get it right

Managing BYOD expenses: How to get it right | eScrap | Scoop.it
BYOD programs haven't always saved money. But, handled correctly, they can.

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Before we even GET to the risks and privacy issues associated with mobile BYOD programs, organizations are struggling with administering the program in a cost-effective and practical way.  This article brings you up to date on the choices that are currently in use. 

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IAITAM's curator insight, November 17, 2014 8:46 AM

Before we even GET to the risks and privacy issues associated with mobile BYOD programs, organizations are struggling with administering the program in a cost-effective and practical way.  This article brings you up to date on the choices that are currently in use. 

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Why We Need a National Electronics Recycling Framework - CEA

Why We Need a National Electronics Recycling Framework - CEA | eScrap | Scoop.it
The Consumer Electronics Association supports the consumer technology industry through market research, education and public policy representation.
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Today there is no overriding US Federal law for electronic waste management though some are pushing for it.  The premise of the article is calling for Federal guidelines to eliminate the maze of statewide initiatives that are in place now in 25 US states. 

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6 things we learned from this year's security breaches

6 things we learned from this year's security breaches | eScrap | Scoop.it
2014 is well on its way to replace 2013 as the highest year on record for exposed records.
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As stated in the article, “Businesses are assuming that their data will be exposed, or is exposed, and they’re taking steps.”  A common occurrence with the challenges organizations face because of new and different means to access corporate data. 

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Average cost of cybercrime soars 96% over 5-year period to $12.7M

Average cost of cybercrime soars 96% over 5-year period to $12.7M | eScrap | Scoop.it
The average cost of cybercrime in the United States has soared 96 percent over a five-year period, reaching $12.7 million per enterprise this year, according to an annual study by HP and the Ponemon Institute.
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We all know that cyber-attacks are on the rise, but the interesting point is that this study also found that the costs to resolve the attack and time to detect that the organization has been attacked have also increased which means more staff support, more man-hours and a larger chunk of the IT budget dedicated to this effort.  

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The FCC as data security cop: $10 million fine for carriers’ security breaches

The FCC as data security cop: $10 million fine for carriers’ security breaches | eScrap | Scoop.it
The FCC took a big stand today saying it will fine TerraCom and YourTel America $10 million because the agency said both carriers violated the privacy of phone customers’ personal information. The action is the agency’s first data security case and the largest privacy enforcement in the Commission’s history.
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As shown in a previous article, the FCC is taking action against organizations that do not secure our personal data.  

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It’s Risky Business When CMOs Tackle Tech Alone

It’s Risky Business When CMOs Tackle Tech Alone | eScrap | Scoop.it
Marketing executives who think they should make technology decisions without the CIO are gambling that nothing will go wrong, says Forrester.

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Something that any IT support group has seen over and over again.  If IT is not called into the deal early on, there will be problems down the road and guess who has to deal with it head on.  

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IAITAM's curator insight, October 21, 2014 8:51 AM

Something that any IT support group has seen over and over again.  If IT is not called into the deal early on, there will be problems down the road and guess who has to deal with it head on.  Granted, IT can be a stumbling block, ok, a huge barrier to quick decision making and new technology adoption, but somewhere in there for the benefit of all, a happy medium must be struck.  Business units must recognize that IT adds significant benefit to the entire buying process, and along for the ride should be ITAM with its contributions.  They should not be a hindrance: instead they should be a help.

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Will Apple Pay Take Off (and Take Down BYOD)?

Will Apple Pay Take Off (and Take Down BYOD)? | eScrap | Scoop.it
Apple Pay stands a good chance of making the mobile electronic wallet a reality. But one industry player says that if Apple Pay is a hit, ‘BYOD is dead.’

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If iPhones become a replacement for your wallet – do you truly want to share that with your employer?

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IAITAM's curator insight, September 22, 2014 10:53 AM

Intriguing thought process but an inevitable one when considering BYOD.  If iPhones become a replacement for your wallet – do you truly want to share that with your employer?  If you’re like me, the answer would be “no way!”  so to extend that a bit more, and if you are managing the internal mobile program, could this be a game changer for the program?  Possibly a topic for management discussion before the organization adopts this new technology?   

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Data Breaches Rise as Cybercriminals Continue to Outwit IT

Data Breaches Rise as Cybercriminals Continue to Outwit IT | eScrap | Scoop.it
Security breaches rise again this year, costing an average of $415,000, as security pros fail to keep pace with cybercrime innovation.

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More proof that the battle rages on as far as data security is concerned. Being ever vigilant is the new corporate mantra. If organizations have not taken notice as of yet, an ITAM program can aid in this effort. Using articles such as this could also help sell and ITAM program if you position it properly.

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IAITAM's curator insight, September 30, 2014 2:01 PM

More proof that the battle rages on as far as data security is concerned.  Being ever vigilant is the new corporate mantra.  If organizations have not taken notice as of yet, an ITAM program can aid in this effort.  Using articles such as this could also help sell and ITAM program if you position it properly.

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Recycling of computers, other electronics a growing business for Iowa company - The Republic

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Beaumont Enterprise Recycling of computers, other electronics a growing business for Iowa company The Republic WATERLOO, Iowa — When it's time for businesses to upgrade their electronics and gadgetry, the process involves a bit more than "out with...
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Best Buy celebrates milestone: 1 billion pounds of recycled electronics - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Best Buy celebrates milestone: 1 billion pounds of recycled electronics
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“Recycling efforts are not just a nice thing to do; they're an integral part of our transformation,” Joly said.
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Peter Sobotta's curator insight, September 28, 2014 10:47 AM

Technology is the fastest-growing waste stream on the planet.  Consumer electronics contain hazardous materials like lead and mercury as well as precious metals like gold and silver. In both cases, it’s better to recover the materials than to dump them. 

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Wearables Will Increase Enterprise Risks

Wearables Will Increase Enterprise Risks | eScrap | Scoop.it
Although concerned about breaches, most people don't alter PINs and passwords. So, when they bring wearable devices to work, it increases risks to their company.

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Significant stats regarding both who understands the impact of wearables and what they are or are not doing about them.  While 9 out of 10 interviewed were concerned about how data was transferred to and from wearable devices, 56% of organizations do not have policies that address wearables and 23% have no BYOD type policies at all.  

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IAITAM's curator insight, April 6, 2015 11:24 AM

Significant stats regarding both who understands the impact of wearables and what they are or are not doing about them.  While 9 out of 10 interviewed were concerned about how data was transferred to and from wearable devices, 56% of organizations do not have policies that address wearables and 23% have no BYOD type policies at all.  

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NAID challenges New Jersey hard drive destruction restriction

NAID challenges New Jersey hard drive destruction restriction | eScrap | Scoop.it
Regulation limits options for destroying hard drives containing PPI.

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Hard drive destruction via shredding as a first step is common and organizations are choosing mobile shredding and onsite shredding to reduce data exposure.  

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IAITAM's curator insight, April 9, 2015 1:06 PM

Hard drive destruction via shredding as a first step is common and organizations are choosing mobile shredding and onsite shredding to reduce data exposure.  Not so fast:  shredding in New Jersey, US requires use of a specific type of permit that would eliminate these options.  This issue is a good example of where the ITAD industry and data security experts (NAID) are working to balance practical needs with legal language so that the goals of recycling laws continue to be met.  Bravo to our provider members who are participating!  

Peter Sobotta's curator insight, April 27, 2015 9:47 AM

The role of IT management is affected by the changing power structure in organizational leadership.  The cloud creates opportunities for business unit leaders to make their own IT decisions, potentially shifting IT’s visibility into the organization’s total digital footprint. 

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Symantec Report: 60% of targeted attacks aimed at small businesses in 2014

Symantec Report: 60% of targeted attacks aimed at small businesses in 2014 | eScrap | Scoop.it
The news is full of data breaches at very big companies, so the illusion is that SMBs are safe from attacks. However, the opposite is true. According to a new Symantec report, 60 percent of targeted attacks are aimed at SMBs.

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Evaluating the problems in the supply chain is critical to an organization and now they have to apply that same thought process to their IT partners. 

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IAITAM's curator insight, April 15, 2015 11:05 PM

Evaluating the problems in the supply chain is critical to an organization and now they have to apply that same thought process to their IT partners.  Those with large budgets and significant IT prowess are already on top of this issue, but the one area that they may be missing is in dealing with their smaller partners, if this invites some vulnerability to their security.  Organizations must consider secure communications a critical part of their product today regardless of size and offering.  You do not want to be the weak link in the chain and be faulted for a breach that could shut your doors.

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Network Neutrality Debate Descends Into Political Shoving Match

Network Neutrality Debate Descends Into Political Shoving Match | eScrap | Scoop.it
NEWS ANALYSIS: Who would you trust to protect your Internet access, politicians or Internet Service Providers? Or perhaps the best answer is none of the above?

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As the article states, there needs to be some oversight over the internet and there is a growing ground swell from consumers to stop ISPs from restricting and implementing a pay to play type service. 

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IAITAM's curator insight, November 17, 2014 5:43 PM

As the article states, there needs to be some oversight over the internet and there is a growing ground swell from consumers to stop ISPs from restricting and implementing a pay to play type service.  So the question is, how much and what should be regulated and who is the right party to implement and oversee those regulations?  We shall watch as this politicized issue gets resolved.   The author though appears to think that like much of what occurs in politics, the public is the party that will feel the pain in the end result.

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The Enterprise Is a Target

The Enterprise Is a Target | eScrap | Scoop.it
A new Kaspersky Lab survey finds that the enterprise is a favorite target of cybercriminals, with the average cost of a security breach now totaling $720,000 for a large company.
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With more devices and methods to get access to corporate data, we will continue to see attacks grow.  This study shows that it is inevitable, but the one item that is key is at the very end – with the point being made, so what do we do now?  

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Postal Service reveals cyber breach -- FCW

Postal Service reveals cyber breach -- FCW | eScrap | Scoop.it
The September attack, made public Nov. 10, potentially puts customer and employee personal information at risk, including addresses, Social Security numbers and emails.
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At a time when major corporations are reporting data breaches one after another, it was only time before governments were hit.  The US Postal Service is one such entity contributing to the over 500 million commercial records hit this year. 

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Workers use their own devices at work, without boss's knowledge

Workers use their own devices at work, without boss's knowledge | eScrap | Scoop.it
Many workers use their personally owned smartphones and other computers for job tasks, but a new survey shows a big percentage are doing so without their employer's knowledge.
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The fact that such a high percentage of employees are using personal devices for work without the employer being aware of it can be a huge security risk and policy violation (that’s assuming the employer has addressed mobile devices through policy).  

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8-19-14 NRC - RMC SMM Webinar Computer Refurbishing and Reverse Logistics

This webinar provides insight on the computer hardware refurbishing and recycling industry and the complexity of factors such as supply and demand, and the h...
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Having the correct tools to refurbish is critical when it comes to data security and ewaste compliance.

 

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Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach | TechCrunch

Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach | TechCrunch | eScrap | Scoop.it
If you’ve shopped at a major retailer in the U.S., chances are your payment card data has been stolen at some point.
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If you’ve shopped at a major retailer in the U.S., chances are your payment card data has been stolen at some point. 

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'E-waste' becoming a pressing problem

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'E-waste' becoming a pressing problem

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The problem of e-waste is not going to go away – in fact it’s getting worse.  We must all participate in the effort to clean up after ourselves and educate the consumer to do the right thing when it comes to disposition of our electronic waste.  Proper disposal needs to be a global standard.

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IAITAM's curator insight, September 24, 2014 5:46 PM

The problem of e-waste is not going to go away – in fact it’s getting worse.  We must all participate in the effort to clean up after ourselves and educate the consumer to do the right thing when it comes to disposition of our electronic waste.  Proper disposal needs to be a global standard.

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Facing the EU Data Protection challenge

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Is the channel ready to service new EU Data Protection legislation?

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Though organizations look to have a difficult time in complying with the new EU regulations, it does create a niche market for startup security firms to fill the need for compliance.  So far though it is not evident that third party security providers are rising to the opportunity.  There’s money to be had here and organizations have a legal responsibility to comply with the new legislation.  The winners will be those VARs that can embrace and churn out programs and marketing strategies for their customers to comply to the new laws.

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IAITAM's curator insight, September 29, 2014 4:42 PM

Though organizations look to have a difficult time in complying with the new EU regulations, it does create a niche market for startup security firms to fill the need for compliance.  So far though it is not evident that third party security providers are rising to the opportunity.  There’s money to be had here and organizations have a legal responsibility to comply with the new legislation.  The winners will be those VARs that can embrace and churn out programs and marketing strategies for their customers to comply to the new laws.

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Best Buy celebrates milestone: 1 billion pounds of recycled electronics - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Best Buy celebrates milestone: 1 billion pounds of recycled electronics - Minneapolis Star Tribune | eScrap | Scoop.it
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Best Buy celebrates milestone: 1 billion pounds of recycled electronics
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Recycling efforts are not just a nice thing to do; they're an integral part of our transformation,” Joly said.
Peter Sobotta's insight:

Technology is the fastest-growing waste stream on the planet.  Consumer electronics contain hazardous materials like lead and mercury as well as precious metals like gold and silver. In both cases, it’s better to recover the materials than to dump them. 

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