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How Does Data Impact Assurance Contribute to Effective IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) at MBH Global?


The Data Impact Assurance Level (DIAL) is an innovative concept introduced under the ADISA Asset Recovery Standard 8.0, which is endorsed by the ICO. This framework is designed specifically for IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) processes to provide data controllers (the customers in ITAD transactions) the ability to specify risk treatments that align with their specific needs. It’s a significant component of ensuring data security during the disposal or recycling of IT assets, as it helps in categorising the level of data security required based on the sensitivity of the data being handled.

The DIAL system categorises data risk into three levels, with Level 3 representing the highest need for data security. This framework assists ITAD providers in tailoring their services to match the specific requirements of their clients, ensuring that all sensitive data is handled and destroyed in accordance with the highest security standards. This tiered approach allows organisations to manage their IT asset disposition in a manner that aligns with their internal risk assessments and regulatory compliance requirements, particularly important in sectors handling highly sensitive information.

The importance of implementing a Data Impact Assurance Level in ITAD is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Data Security: It ensures that all sensitive data is appropriately destroyed, preventing potential data breaches that could have serious legal and reputational consequences.
  2. Compliance: Helps organisations meet various regulatory requirements, reducing the risk of penalties associated with non-compliance.
  3. Risk Management: Provides a structured approach to assess and mitigate risks associated with the disposal of IT assets.
  4. Customisation: Enables ITAD providers to offer services that are specifically designed to meet the varying security needs of different organisations, enhancing the overall effectiveness of the ITAD process.

MBH Global holds a certification to ADISA standard 8 and is accredited as a DIAL3 WITH distinction ITAD provider, ensuring that we can process the highest level of data for our clients.

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