The Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance (ADISA) was launched in 2010 in the United Kingdom as an industry standard for companies who participate in IT asset recovery services. This standard was designed to measure the security aspects of the asset recovery process to ensure assets and data are managed correctly. Organizations working with ADISA-certified recyclers can be confident companies holding this standard will perform high security data destruction and WEEE recycling services.
Sims Lifecycle Services in Dumfries is celebrating its third year of being ADISA certified. Not only has this site passed regular audits, but it has exceeded required levels and maintained a “distinction” level since its very first audit.
Sims Lifecycle Services was the very first organization to recognize the potential in having an independent certification program in the asset recovery sector. As of January 2011, the Dumfries location has had four different styles of audits conducted.
Included in the audits, was an unannounced full forensic investigation undertaken by Professor Andrew Blyth from the University of South Wales. Professor Andrew Blyth is a respected information security academic and teaches on the subject of information security and computer forensics. Results for his investigation on Sims found no data present on devices.
“When we launched, Sims Lifecycle Services was the first company to support the program and it is pleasing that [after] three years Sims still plays a role [as] one of the main influencers in maintain[ing] and raising standards in this sector,” stated Steve Mellings, founder of ADISA. Mellings continued, “We have always been impressed by the attention to detail at Dumfries, along with the level of expertise within the plant itself.
It shows that Sims is not just about smart selling, they are also about quality of service delivery and all of the workers within the organization play a crucial role in achieving that.”
For 2014, the regularity of audits will increase and areas that come under scrutiny will also broaden, which for many businesses causes some concern however Sims welcomes such regular checks. “We have always welcomed audits from both ADISA and our customers.
We take pride in what we do, and we have a great team who are dedicated to maintaining a high standard for our clients,” stated Anand Narasimhan, director, Sims Lifecycle Services, UK and EU. “As a result of this, we are confident that we operate our processing facilities to the same high levels all day every day so external audits are an opportunity for us to showcase our strengths. The ADISA standard challenges us to keep our processes current and relevant.”
To find additional company information and the audit schedule for Sims Lifecycle Services please visit the ADISA webpage.