CSI Lifecycle Services held its first ever data destruction open day on Thursday 20th September. The event was aimed at increasing the awareness of data breach risks involved when disposing of old IT equipment.
We offered businesses in the Sheffield area the opportunity to shred their old hard drives and other media, including CDs, DVDs, USB sticks, mobile phones, etc. This service – using our custom-built Data Destruction Recycling Vehicle (DDRV) – was provided free of charge on the day.
When promoting the open day, in addition to the traditional target market for onsite data destruction – data centres, legal services and public sector organisations – CSI LCS also received enquiries from SMEs. CSI LCS’s managing director, Barry Naylor, commented “while our DDRV is a great solution for organisations that need to securely decommission large volumes devices that contain data, SMEs also need to take steps to keep customer and personal information safe when old equipment is decommissioned. We would also like to assist these types of companies with the same high level of service.”
Therefore, in response to requests from companies who were concerned that they did not have the volume of drives needed to make a dedicated visit by the DDRV viable, CSI LCS is also now offering a drop-in service where customers can bring smaller numbers of items to be destroyed on our site to make sure that local SMEs can benefit from the peace of mind and security that our data destruction service provides.
Additionally, CSI LCS used the day to raise the profile of local charity Sheffield Young Carers while also donating proceeds raised from the scrap metal left over from the shredded fragments. Sheffield Young Carers are currently the charity of the year for Sheffield Chamber of Commerce & Industry. On a busy day we were able to shred hundreds of hard drives and other media for local organisations and in total raised £387 for Sheffield Young Carers.
Andy Hulme, trustee at Sheffield Young Carers, attended on the day and tried the equipment for himself. “I would like to thank CSI Lifecycle Services for organising the event to raise funds for us. I enjoyed attending the open day – the equipment was quite amazing,” said Hulme.
For more information on Sheffield Young Carers and the excellent work they do, please visit their website: www.sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk