BERLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–John Shegerian, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Electronic
Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of
electronic waste and the world’s largest cybersecurity-focused hardware
destruction company, was the featured keynote presenter to close the Electronics
Goes Green (EGG) conference in Berlin last week.
Delivering a talk 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.
While some believe that it’s 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 EGG 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. 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 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
Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler
of electronic waste and the world’s largest cybersecurity-focused
hardware destruction company, is certified to de-manufacture and recycle
every type of electronic waste in an environmentally friendly
manner. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste
annually at eight locations, serving every zip code in the United
States. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call
1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit www.electronicrecyclers.com.