It’s not just the individual owners of e-waste who are in danger of handing their personal information over to data thieves. Businesses that frequently replace company laptops, personal computers and office cell phones are vulnerable as well if they treat that equipment as trash. And as any business knows, if outdated devices or disks contains personal information about clients or employees gets into the wrong hands, that opens up a massive financial and legal nightmare for the firm. For businesses that often find it necessary to dispose of aging electronics, whether it’s old computers, monitors, printers or cellphones, taking these obsolete electronics out to the curb is no longer an option. And while some companies may try to destroy their data in-house, it’s better to hire professionals with the skills and specialized equipment needed to eradicate data and destroy hard drives. The bottom line is that the e-waste challenge is here to stay, and has become a part of doing business for companies large and small. What companies need to invest in is a failsafe system for protecting its reputation, sensitive company data, information about their workers, and the identity of its customers. Because any business that has become connected opens itself up to the risk of a security breach.