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ERI’s John Shegerian Describes Privacy, Data Protection and Security Best Practices at Ai4 Cybersecurity Conference

John Shegerian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ERI, the nation’s leading fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, was a featured panelist this week at the Ai4 Cybersecurity Conference in New York City.

Over two days, the Ai4 Cybersecurity event brings together business leaders, data practitioners, and AI pioneers who are applying artificial intelligence to solve problems and create opportunities in the cybersecurity industry. Thanks to the convergence of modern computing power and data science, the cybersecurity industry is leveraging AI to create entirely new value.

As part of a cross-disciplinary panel titled “Data Protection & Security,” Shegerian was joined on stage by Prateek Agrawal, MD - Head of Global Business Continuity Management for Citi; Anju Chopra, SVP of Technology, Identity Theft & Breach Notification for Kroll; Jason Bonds, General Manager of PingIntelligence for Ping Identity; and Prashil Kumar, Head of IT Operations & Infrastructure for Fiji Airways.

The experts shared the latest intel on best practices from varying perspectives about protecting privacy and managing data in the AI and high tech age.

During the discussion, Shegerian described and shared insights on what types of private and potentially dangerous content can be easily accessed on discarded – even on “wiped” hardware. He also explained key concerns relating to e-waste recycling and ITAD, such as new regulatory issues and the very real threat of hardware hacking.

“At Ai4 Cybersecurity, our goal has been to bring industry leaders together to highlight the most valuable insights by delivering specific use cases,” said Madeline Jecklin, Ai4’s co-founder. “Whether the members of our audience hold technical, non-technical, or hybrid roles, Ai4 is focused on helping them along on your AI journey, at whichever stage they may be. Having experts like John Shegerian on board to bring a unique perspective on something like hardware hacking, which is meaningful to everyone in the room, is the kind of information exchange that Ai4 is all about.”

“It has been an honor and privilege to share our insights with Ai4’s audience at this important, forward-thinking conference,” said Shegerian. “It has been rewarding to share what we know and what we’ve learned with other thought leaders from different sectors of business, discussing the urgent importance of data destruction, protecting the privacy of people and businesses. Proper destruction of private digital data has become a crucially important issue and these conversations at Ai4 have been vital.”

ERI is the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States. ERI is certified at the highest level by all leading environmental and data security oversight organizations to de-manufacture, recycle, and refurbish every type of electronic device in an environmentally responsible manner. ERI has the capacity to process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the United States. ERI’s mission is to protect organizations, people and the environment. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit https://eridirect.com.

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