Greener BeeGreen ElectronicsERI founder delivers keynote speech at Berlin event – Recycling Today

Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), Fresno, California, has announced that Chairman, CEO and Co-founder John Shegerian served as the keynote speaker at the Electronics Goes Green 2016 Conference, held in Berlin Sept. 7-9, 2016.

Delivering a speech titled “The Insecurity of Everything: Balancing Green Responsibility with the Need for True CyberSecurity Data Destruction,” Shegerian warned about the devastating impact data mining of discarded devices is having on a global level and how it can compromise individual and corporate privacy, financial data and even homeland security, according to ERI.

ERI says while some believe that it is impossible to successfully cover environmental responsibility and cybersecurity, Shegerian explained why it is essential that we do both and do both well.

“While many pay close attention to software security, hardware security—the physical protection of data embedded in our devices—gets very little mention,” said Shegerian. “What businesses and individuals need to focus on is the fact that if your hardware isn’t protected, the amount of money spent on software security is irrelevant.”

The Electronics Goes Green Conference, organized by Fraunhofer IZM with support from the Technical University of Berlin, is attended by forward-thinking global experts from the realms of science and industry to create a global think-tank aimed at improving and enhancing the sustainability of the electronics sector, according to event organizers. The event covers a wide range of aspects of green electronics, electronics recycling and the shift to a circular economy.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to participate in multiple events here at the Electronics Goes Green Conference in front of an audience of industry and science representatives wanting to do the right thing,” said Shegerian. “The EGG [Electronics Goes Green] event is vitally important because it gives thought leaders the opportunity to shed light on best practices as well as new perspectives so we can all move forward and improve for the greater good.”

ERI says it is the nation’s leading recycler of electronic scrap and the world’s largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic scrap annually at eight locations, serving every ZIP code in the United States.

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