Break through the Jargon – ITAD phrases explained!

Written by: Alex MacColl

We happen to work and operate in an industry where the sheer number of acronyms, phrases and jargon surrounding our work can be overwhelming at times!

We have put together with the help of IT Pro Portal a quick breakdown of some of the key terms in this field! By using MacColl Media Ltd for your used IT asset disposal, value realization, server relocation or other services you guarantee compliance with the GDPR…See below for definitions!

Term Definition Application
BS EN 15713 This standard provides a framework of the key conditions that must be adhered to by companies who destroy confidential information. It includes criteria such as the specific sizes data should be shredded to, and how the destruction should be monitored and controlled. We ensure we understand the guidelines for destruction parameters and the monitoring and record keeping surrounding it so that we can assist you with compliance.
BS EN 7858 This British Standard specifies a Code of Practice for security screening of both individuals and third party companies which is required prior to employment in a security environment. We fully background and police check our staff on an annual basis.
Common Criteria The Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation is used as a basis for Government driven certification schemes. The framework provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation and evaluation of a computer security product has been conducted in a rigorous, standard and repeatable manner, at a level that is commensurate with the target environment for use. We ensure all of our partners (software erasure, physical destruction methods) etc are up to date and certified with the latest government guidelines.
CSR Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the process of assessing and taking responsibility for a company's effects on the environment and impact on social welfare and how to use this in a positive way. As a reverse IT asset management company, we specialize in ensuring minimum impact to the environment and maximum financial returns to our clients. Win….Win…..
DPA The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. The DPA is set to be amended to bring it into line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Soon to become the GDPR (see below), we ensure that we keep our standards up to date and compliant with all changing terminology and standards. By using MacColl Media Ltd, you guarantee your business or organizational compliance with the law.
Degaussing Degaussing involves using a machine that produces a strong electromagnetic field to destroy all magnetically recorded data, leaving the domains on hard drives and floppy discs in random patterns with no preference to orientation, thereby rendering previous data unrecoverable. Basically a big magnet which ruins hard drives, we run degaussers in our fleet of onsite equipment for immediate on site disabling where space or time does not allow for on site software erasure or physical destruction.
DIPCOG Defence INFOSEC Product Co-Operation Group (DIPCOG) of the UK is a Ministry of Defence (MoD) forum run by a committee composed of representatives primarily from the MoD and NCSC (previously CESG - the Information Security arm of GCHQ) and the National Technical Authority for Information assurance within the UK. The aim of DIPCOG is to provide an interface between the MoD and vendors of IT security products and services. We ensure the software erasure systems we use are compliant with MOD and NCSC (Previously CESG) standards and guidelines. If it’s good enough for our armed forces….

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