Xperien: Head of ITAD
Bridgette Vermaak is Head of ITAD department at Xperien, she has vast skills and experience in IT Asset Disposition (ITAD). Her passion has always been to improve the lives of others, both humans and animals, initially considering a career as a veterinarian. However, she opted to rather pursue and study for a career in IT and she soon found her niche – specialising in IT security. This enabled her to pursue her passion to make a difference by improving security for users.
Her ‘dream job’ came with the realisation and introduction of IT Asset Disposal (ITAD). She gained valuable skills in the importance of Secure & Compliant IT asset disposal and effective destruction of data. Bridgette was also given the opportunity to utilise redundant corporate IT equipment to benefit NGO’s, making a difference in more ways than one.
She has a good understanding of the consequences of non-compliant disposal of redundant IT hardware, that it could lead to personal information being exposed which in turn could result in credit card fraud and other criminal activities. She is passionate about ensuring client’s data is properly disposed of and subsequently ensuring the protection of their client’s and colleague’s personal information.
“Once all data has been destroyed correctly, the unit is then refurbished, resold, redistributed or donated. This procedure ensures that everyone benefits, the public, the environment and the less fortunate,” she says.
Bridgette continually expands her knowledge and understanding of new methods to ensure clients are never at risk. Her passion and vast experience ensure continued success so that all client data is being protected at ‘end of life’ and that all IT equipment is well taken care of in a compliant, secure and professional manner.