IT-16 – Asset Disposal

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What is IT-16 – Asset Disposal Control?

The IT-16 Asset Disposal Control is about implementing a formal process to dispose of an organization’s equipment at the end of its useful life. This includes anything from an old laptop to electronic data.

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Control implementation

You would need to document the process of disposing of the equipment. This document, at a minimum, should include:

  • The type of equipment in your organization to dispose of
  • The time when equipment would need to be disposed of  (i.e when it was no longer needed, when it reached end of life, was unused, etc..)
  • How the data on the equipment should be deleted (i.e. overwritten;  electronic recyclers; hard drive shredding)
  • The method used to dispose of equipment  (degaussing, recycling)
  • The parties responsible for implementing and overseeing the process

Secondly, you would need to implement a way to track any equipment tagged for deletion. This can be tracked in a ticketing system.

What evidence is the auditor looking for?

Most auditors, at a minimum, are looking for the below-suggested action:

  1. Asset disposal procedure
  2. A project management tool used to track assets disposed of and a recent example of a recently disposed asset

Evidence example

For the suggested action, an example is provided below:

  1. Asset disposal procedure
    The following screenshot shows an example of an externally sourced IT asset disposal policy from Iron Mountain.
    IT 16 Asset Disposal 01
  2. A project management tool used to track assets disposed of and a recent example of a recently disposed asset.Example – Note that this ticket is not displaying the details under the disposal. This is what the auditor is interested in.
    The following screenshot shows an example of a recently disposed asset.
    IT 16 Asset Disposal 02
    IT 16 Asset Disposal 03

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