In today’s society, technology progresses at light speed. We experience new iterations constantly and consistently, making our old forms obsolete faster than ever. The good news is that we see a progression in product development that keeps our needs and level of interaction sky high. The bad news however is that equipment is often outdated quickly.
If you’ve found yourself with outdated or decommissioned telecom equipment
, what should you do? This is a question asked by corporations and consumers alike. Here are some of the tips to follow when looking into the proper disposal of telecom equipment for safe decommissioning and potential refurbishing.
What to do with decommissioned telecom equipment
- Eliminate access to and from the equipment. Removal of security access or password notifications prevents hackers and uncleared personnel from gaining a backdoor into your network.
- Make sure that whatever data is saved, stored or transferred through the telecom devices is thoroughly destroyed. There are many techniques that go beyond simply erasing or decrypting, such as encrypting the data from the start and even smelting the drives.
- In cases where the equipment might be refurbished or recycled, you may need to destroy the equipment itself. Destruction isn’t in line with taking a hammer to it, but have the device made incompatible with its previous companion units. The professionals at SingleSource Communications can help you get this done properly, without creating a pile of paperweights.
- Create a checklist when it comes to decommissioning the equipment, making clear notes of where the device was used, what kind of information it accessed and removing its functionality in a clear, methodical pattern. This is good for when you’re decommissioning several devices at once.
- Keep track of all of the decommissioned equipment, properly labeling each piece of equipment with markers. Also, keep track of who used the equipment and what processes were used to decommission each piece. A clear record helps with accountability and security.
- Don’t wait too long if a piece of equipment needs to be decommissioned. Many pieces of newer equipment are very much like the old, so you don’t want to miss a device that could be incompatible, causing issues with lag time, processing speed and reliability. The checklist mentioned above will help keep mistakes from happening during this process.
- Always keep your decommissioned equipment in a safe and secure area, properly inventoried, and with limited access. Even a small amount of access from a telecom device can compromise a network’s integrity so you’ll want to make sure that equipment can’t be used by unauthorized individuals.
- Finally, find an adequate and efficient recycling or refurbishing company that will take the decommissioned equipment off your hands and dispose or reuse it properly, according to federal guidelines. SingleSource Communications is one such company that can help with your decommissioned equipment needs. After all the effort you’ve made to prepare your decommissioned equipment, you wouldn’t want to just hand it off to just anyone.
These simple steps can safely secure your communications equipment for proper decommissioning and keep you out of the trap of leaving your secure information exposed and accessible, even when you’re not using it any longer.
If you’re looking for help with your decommissioned telecom equipment
, give us a call.