New research1 from DSA Connect, an IT asset disposal company which specialises in the permanent deletion and destruction of electronic data, reveals that one in five people (19%) who work now have more electronic devices through work than they did before the COVID-19 crisis started.    Just 3% have less and 78% say there has been no change here.

Some 6% of people in work now have three or more electronic devices from work than they did at the start of the year.

With company related data on more devices, DSA Connect warns that this has dramatically increased the risk posed to employers for breaking regulations around how it is accessed, stored, and ultimately erased.  Any irregularities here could see them face large fines.

Of those people with electronic devices through work, 23% say they have received a work laptop due to COVID-19 and working more remotely.    Some 16% of them said this about their work mobile phone, and 6% have received a printer from work.

Overall, 48% of people in work now claim to have a laptop from work, 45% have a mobile phone and 31% have a desktop computer.

Electronic device Percentage of people in work who have electronic devices through work who received this since COVID-19 and because of working more remotely Percentage of people in work who have this device through their employer
Laptop 23% 48%
Mobile phone 16% 45%
Desktop computer 8% 31%
Printer 6% 34%
Fixed line phone 4% 29%

Harry Benham, Chairman of DSA Connect said: “For many people in work, they have seen the number of electronic devices given to them by their employer rise dramatically as they support them working from home and remotely.  Our research suggests that 1.9 million people in work now have an extra three or more electronic devices from work than they did before the crisis started.

“However, with data now being stored on more devices employers need to review their policies for how data is stored and erased to ensure they are robust enough and compliant with the rules and regulations they face in this area.”

DSA Connect provides a secure IT asset disposal service utilising a methodology created in partnership with the Ministry of Defence. Its IT end-of-life service allows for the complete removal and data eradication from IT equipment and electronic devices by using tools certified by CESG and approved by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Also, depending on the quantity and type of equipment for disposal, DSA Connect offers a rebate of up to 60% on all re-saleable assets.

The company was established in 2011 to partner the Ministry of Defence in developing the MoD’s asset disposal service.

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