Research from IT asset disposal company DSA Connect, has revealed 13% of employees believe their employers have old technology and hardware they no longer use, but are frightened of throwing it away or reselling it because they are not confident data has been successfully erased from it.
In terms of the value of technology that has been mothballed, 30% of people who believe their employers have done this, estimate it could be worth over £10,000.
Chairman Harry Benham, said: “Businesses will always find themselves with redundant IT and telecoms equipment. This could be due to periodic equipment refreshes, downsizing or office relocations and closures. However, it is alarming to see so many employers simply mothball this equipment and lock it away in a cupboard. Data can be permanently removed from this technology and it could then be properly reused in some format or sold on.”