Data Breach

All of us have been into a restaurant in the last 30 days. What would happen if you knew that in addition to taking your order, the data from your ATM/Debit and/or Credit Card were also not only used in your transaction, but TAKEN – stolen in what is sure to become one of the largest data breaches of the year so far? That’ll put a foul taste in your mouth, but also a chill down your spine when you consider how many people it effects.

While this makes the baked potato, chicken sandwich or Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger a bit more on the sour side – what if it were YOUR company that was in the data breach headlines? Have you ever run through the scenario not “if” but “when” it happens in your company.

wendys-image-data-breachResearch shows that – sadly – most companies haven’t and eventually, it will cost you dearly. The blow to your reputation, the cost to ensure that the people and businesses effected are protected, and the publicly-initiated impact are all a blow few companies are prepared to take on and survive. While your company may not be as large, or as public as the one in question here, the always-there question remains:

What if it was YOUR company in the spotlight?

Is YOUR company exposed? What is your company’s “Data Destruction” policy? Do you even have one? It’s time to implement a trusted, NAID-certified ITAD/Data Destruction solution now, and that solution starts with EPC, Inc.With more than 30 years in business, and 9 locations in North America, we stand ready to protect your data, your reputation and your company’s future. http://www.epcusa.com

Health Records Lost in Data Breach

New years bring new opportunities but also new problems. Yesterday, a very large company in our area announced that they were on the hunt for 6 hard drives that were now missing. That probably not that big of a concern for you – or is it? If you were one of the more than 950,000 people whose personal information was on those hard drives, it suddenly becomes one of the largest problems of all-time for you.

While you may not have millions of dollars to steal, what you DO have that is likely to be stolen is your identity, which will inevitably be used to initiate fraudulent credit cards, online accounts of all kinds and more activity that will have lasting impact on you. How about the business perspective?

Are You Ready for YOUR Company to Be in the Headlines? Get Protected with EPC, Inc.This breach (with more details coming out as the hours go by) will end up costing this company millions of dollars on it’s own. Implementing credit reporting for almost a million people alone is a nightmare. Now let’s talk about the health care record monitoring that will also need to be implemented to ensure data integrity.

The price skyrockets even more.

While your company may not be as large, or as public as the one in question here, the question to ask yourself is this:

What if it was YOUR company in the spotlight?

Is YOUR company exposed? What is your company’s “Data Destruction” policy? Do you even have one? It’s time to implement a trusted, NAID-certified ITAD/Data Destruction solution now, and that solution starts with EPC, Inc. With more than 30 years in business, and 9 locations in North America, we stand ready to protect your data, your reputation and your company’s future.

What Is A COA?

WHAT IS A COA?

A COA, or “Certificate of Authenticity” is the sticker located on a computer system that has a 25-digit license key for the Windows Operating System, such as Windows XP or Vista. The COA verifies the validity of the operating system confirming that it is genuine. With the COA attached to the product, a legal copy of the operating system can be acquired from the original equipment manufacturer if the original restore media is lost (ie. Dell, HP, IBM, etc).

WHY DOES EPC LIST COA INFORMATION?

A lot of our wholesale buyers need this information. Many of our customers request that the COA information be placed in our ads so they can determine what machines to purchase according to the restore media they may have already or will be acquiring.

DOES THIS MEAN THAT NO OS IS INSTALLED?

Not Necessarily. Only about 50% of our computers being sold do not come with an OS installed. Please read the description thoroughly to determine what is and isn’t included with a particular item. If the computer advertised includes an operating system, there will be a NEW, Microsoft Authorized COA included with the sale (please see picture). The Buyer of a loaded system would then enter the 25 character alpha-numeric Product Key when setting up the computer for first use.

 

 

Clear the Clutter – Time to Recycle 2015 – with EPC, Inc.!

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Did you know that each person in North America, has an average of at least 6 pieces of ‘idle technology” in their home? Whether it’s an old cell phone, that computer that just “didn’t work one day”, an old stereo system, CD player or printer – everyone’s got something that’s got to go. Well the time is now!

EPC, Inc. is proud to offer you another outstanding recycling opportunity via our 2015 “Time to Recycle” Event that let’s you unload your antiquated electronics at EPC’s St. Charles Corporate Headquarters on May 2nd, 2015! Simply gather up your gear, and head to EPC’s St. Charles facility at 3941 Harry S Truman Blvd. and clear out the clutter!

Still not convinced why you should come out?

*This event is for PERSONAL USE ONLY and all items will be handled according to EPC’s “ZERO LANDFILL POLICY.”

On-Site Hard Drive Shredding:

EPC's Data Destruction Recycling Vehicle in Action! Check It Out In Person!

Our fleet of Data Destruction Recycling Vehicles )The DDRVs) are constantly touring North America to ensure that organizations, businesses and companies of all kinds experience the peace of mind that reliable, affordable, certified mobile Data Destruction offers. On May 2nd, 2015, you’ll be able to have YOUR hard drive shredded into tiny bits by one of our vehicles! It’s the best way to make sure that your personal data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands! You can even get an EPC Certificate of Destruction for just $5, certifying that your hard drive and all data contained therein has been safely destroyed by EPC!

Items that can be accepted include:

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Computers, clocks, stereos, servers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, telephones, speakers, microwaves, printers, toner cartridges, writing of all kinds.

Items that cannot be accepted include:

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Firearms, any item with Freon, fluorescent bulbs, large home appliances (white goods)

PLEASE NOTE:

All CRT/TVs – $10 Each.

Another Great Bonus:

epc-certificate-sampleCertificates of Destruction are available for all shredded hard drives for just $5 each!

Still have questions? Not sure what you need to do next? Have a strange item and not sure what to do with it? Contact EPC, Inc. today and let us know how we can help you “Clear the Clutter” and make the most of this “Time to Recycle” event!

Download EPC’s “IT Security Risks – Overlooked Vulnerabilities & Best Practices” White Paper

You spend thousands of dollars and untold hours of time to protect the data in your company– well. Maybe you don’t.

Whether you provide attention to your company’s security or not, be sure to take just a few minutes to download our newest tool to help you understand the important parts of what “Overlooked Security Vulnerabilities” that will change the way you provide time and budget to your company.

Holiday Giftaway Winners & Very Happy 2014 Holidays…

Our thanks to all of you that took the time to enter in to EPC, Inc.’s 2014 Holiday Giftaway project! Hundreds of shares and thousands of visits made for a very busy and prosperous time inside our Social Media Headquarters and we can’t wait to provide these great gifts to those that won!

epc-giftaway-laptop-wiinner-2014Our first winner – of our Business User Holiday Giftaway: A Dell D630 Laptop – is Remains, Inc: Textile Recycling/Vintage Wholesale in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1981, Remains is a used clothing ^ textile recycler in Stouth St. Louis. They process materials for either reuse in export markets or recycle those materials into the wiper and fiber markets. They’re located at 3340 Morgan Ford Road in St. Louis, MO 63116 and are open from 8am-4pm. Be sure to stop in to understand more about how their business operates and congratulate them on a great win by participating in a one-of-a-kind project on Facebook! You can check out their website at remainsinc.com and don’t forget to ‘Like’ their business presence on Faceboook!

Our second and final winner – of an iPad3 for a Home User – inside this year’s 2014 EPC, Inc. Holiday Giftaway is: Mr. Aaron Corson of St. Louis, MO! Aaron, along with a very large count of home users shared our content to score a great iPad3! The iPad3 is the perfect, mobile companion that are also available in EPC, Inc’s 5500sqft Retail Showroom right now! Congratulations, Aaron!

The holidays are the perfect time for all of us to revel in the memories, experiences and family that we all hold so dear. Technology can bring new, and vibrant avenues to remember it all, and we hope that – along with great programs like EPC’s Holiday epc-giftaway-i-pad-wiinner-2014Giftaways, you’ll visit EPC, Inc. when the time comes to add new technology to your home or business.

Look for more great Giftaways as 2015 arrives and from the entire staff at EPC, Inc. – our thanks to everyone that participated, shared, commented and more during a time of giving that we always find fulfilling.

Happy Holidays, from EPC, Inc.!

5 Reasons Why: Asset Recovery/ITAD Partner VS Surplus Auction

From Patrick Mann: ITAD Sales, EPC, Inc.

I’ve lived in Texas my whole life, and if there’s one thing that’s even BIGGER than Texas, it’s the auction industry. When they start doing reality TV programs about things – well -it’s huge. What’s missing though, especially when it comes to business, your data, and the gear you’re trying to find a purpose for (especially when your company is done with it), is some common sense that should be the overriding factor when your company’s reputation and future business influence are concerned.

Recently I consulted a customer on the value of doing business with a company like EPC, and explained the differences and benefits between having an Trusted ITAD/Asset Recovery Partner like EPC, and sending your gear off to the quick-buck auction block. We really are a partner with you throughout the process, we help any way we can using our nation-wide reach.

 True Secure Data Destruction: Sending off your systems, full of sensitive customer or company information to an open bidder during an auction, is more than a nightmare scenario waiting to happen, it is against the law. EPC, Inc. on the other hand is 1.) a certified NAID service provider & BAN e-Steward ready to receive, audit, and completely and securely destroy your data via hard drive wipe or shred

— Proper Disposal of End-of-Life Equipment: Having a trail for future reference (either for inventory or audit purposes) is next to impossible when you consider auctions. With EPC, Inc. an entire, detailed history of each and every asset is provided to help you when the auditors come calling, wondering where system x3497G has gotten to.

 Reduces the Maintenance for Your Company’s IT Staff: Let’s say you’re going to be prudent and remove the information from your systems before you send your units off to auction. That’s a LOT of physical move time, time to destroy data, time to verify what’s in which machine and potential theft of assets in-house. EPC, Inc. provides you with all of these services and more as a matter of course when having them included in our ITAD Asset Recovery Services. Any CPA will love that you have functional, detailed reports that make reviewing what your PC has (and doesn’t have) a dream.

 Targeted Markets Make Moving Your Cleared Gear Easy: At an auction, your information is available, and in the wind the instant the auction is over. With EPC, Inc. after the drive data is security destroyed (via wipe or shred), our retail and wholesale customer base is made up of a very wide variety of targeted markets, making the ability to move your equipment that much easier. The more potential buyers there are, the faster the chance to take advantage of current industry values for your gear happens. In the end, that means that whatever you make back helps to reduce the cost of acquiring EPC’s peace of mind for you and your company or organization.

 Paying the House: When it’s all said and done at an auction of any kind, you’re going to end up paying the auctioneer, the house they work in and more their part of the overall transaction which means that you lose even more value/profit when it comes to selling off your equipment. EPC, Inc. actually helps to ensure that each piece – can be moved for a higher revenue return. Who doesn’t want more money for their product?

These are just some of the things to remember when it comes to making sure that you’re benefiting from a true, valued-added relationship when considering the values of having “An Asset Recovery/ITAD Partner VS. Surplus Auction.”

Do you have one that we missed? We’re always interested in hearing from you!

What Value Does Your Company Place on Their Customer’s Privacy and Livelihood?

From Eric Levy: ITAD SalesEPC, Inc.

EPC, Inc, now in its 30th year of business, continues to be a centerpiece of information in regard to Data Security. We have been offering companies of all sizes options that ensure compliance with specific industry standards to help protect a company’s reputation and information. A recent article from DataBreaches.Net shows just how important it is to be compliant.

“Nearly 1 in 4 data breach letter recipients became a victim of identity fraud, with breaches involving Social Security numbers to be the most damaging.”

This is a staggering number and cannot be overlooked.

That means that if your company had an “average sized” Data Breach from a mishandled asset or drive of 554 leaked names*, you would have 139 customers or clients that now have had their entire identity taken from them. This is a process that can take from 3-7 years to reclaim not to mention the untold number of dollars that it will cost YOUR COMPANY to make this happen.

The next time you have retired assets that your boss told you to “get rid of” don’t just think of your potential feel good moment of running into that boss’ office and telling him you got rid of all of those “old” computers and were able to do it for no money. Think about that boss’ reaction when you have to tell him the guy that did it for free just stole you client’s identities and you now have to deal with the absolute costs associated with a breach – along with the unknown costs of lost business.

EPC offers true, peace of mind and for very little time on your part. We offer fluid solutions to fit any company in any industry.

Please feel free to contact EPC and learn more about our Industry leading Data Security operations. We would love to help you review your protocols to make sure you are compliant within your industry.

*The data to describe an average size breach is from 2012. We expect the average size of a breach to continue to grow exponentially for the foreseeable future.

Shutting Down or Moving? How to Choose the Right Asset Disposition and Remarketing Partner

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From Patrick Mann: ITAD SalesEPC, Inc.

Whether you’re a property manager, an IT or data center manager, a lessor, or a liquidation manager, when your company charges you with disposition of physical IT assets, there’s little room for error. Because of the unplanned and chaotic nature of the situations that call for IT asset disposition, you’re often up against a hard deadline and a shifting, disorganized environment.

When disposing of IT assets in these situations, your task is to mitigate the risk to your organization and get the job done quickly.

Common situations that call for quick disposition of IT assets include:

• Bankruptcy
• Consolidation
• Merger
• Data center merger
• Downsizing
• Closing a division or data center

Usually, when these situations occur, the property manager or IT manager doesn’t have much time to plan and manage the disposition. In these chaotic situations, often the best approach to asset disposition is to partner with an experienced asset disposition solution provider or equipment re-marketer with the expertise and facilities to handle the logistical challenge.

Here are three things to consider when evaluating a potential asset disposition partner:

• Expertise: Is the solution provider familiar with your equipment? A trained representative can appraise the equipment on site and tell you whether or not it’s worth removing. In some situations, understanding each party’s obligations and liability for data security and the equipment itself will determine the best disposition process. An expert in reverse logistics and asset disposition can help you sort through the different scenarios.

• Ability: It sounds the same as expertise, but it’s not. You can find people who know a lot about reselling equipment, but are they able to utilize company employees and bring in the labor to move the equipment out before your deadline? Do they have certified processes for handling and destroying data? When you’re working with a strict timetable—perhaps you’ve been allocated a certain number of days by a bankruptcy court or your company’s lease is expiring—you need a solution provider who knows the equipment and can move it out quickly and efficiently and ensure data security

• Logistics: Where is the equipment going? How is it getting there? Is it being packed and handled to prevent damage and maintain maximum resale value? Is the chain of custody clear and secure?

• Value: The financial value your organization is getting back through the asset disposition should be an important factor when deciding on a solution provider, but it should not be the only one. Consider all of your costs such as the use of internal resources, transportation to far away facilities, as well risks of data breach or environmental non-compliance. The costs could outweigh the value of the assets themselves. The right asset disposition partner will help you minimize all of the costs and the risks while maximizing the return.

When you’re under the clock because of a merger, bankruptcy, data center closing, or another similar scenario, you don’t want to make mistakes. Partnering with a responsible and experienced IT asset disposition provider can make the difference between a smooth, organized process, and a chaotic, disorganized one.

Interesting New Numbers on Data Breaches – The Numbers Will Stack Up Against YOUR Company

From Eric Levy: ITAD Sales, EPC, Inc.

EPC, Inc, now in it’s 30th year of business, continues to be a centerpiece of information in regard to Data Security. We have been offering companies of all sizes options that ensure compliance with specific industry standards to help protect companies reputation and information. A recent article from DataBreaches.Net shows just how important it is to be compliant.

“Nearly 1 in 4 data breach letter recipients became a victim of identity fraud, with breaches involving Social Security numbers to be the most damaging.”

This is a staggering number and cannot be overlooked. That means that if your company had an “average sized” Data Breach from a mishandled asset or drive of 554 leaked names*, you would have 139 customers or clients that now have had their entire identity taken from them. This is a process that can take from 3-7 years to reclaim not to mention the untold number of dollars that it will cost YOUR COMPANY to make this happen.

The next time you have retired assets that your boss told you to “get rid of” don’t just think of your potential feel good moment of running into that boss’ office and telling him you got rid of all of those “old” computers and were able to do it for no money. Think about that boss’ reaction when you have to tell him the guy that did it for free just stole you client’s identities and you now have to deal with the absolute costs associated with a breach – along with the unknown costs of lost business. EPC offers true, peace of mind and for very little time on your part. We offer fluid solutions to fit any company in any industry.

Contact EPC and learn more about our Industry-leading Data Security operations. We would love to help you review your protocols to make sure you are compliant within your industry.

*The data to describe an average size breach is from 2012. We expect the average size of a breach to continue to grow exponentially for the foreseeable future.

Please feel free to contact EPC and learn more about our Industry leading Data Security operations. We would love to help you review your protocols to make sure you are compliant within your industry.