Secure data destruction

Importance of secure data destruction in the modern era

In the modern, complex, digitalized world, data breaches, confidentiality, Environmentally irresponsible disposition, Changing regulations, and standards and lost value are the risks of E-waste management. Digital data move through stages during their useful life, and they either archived for later use or destroyed when their utility has been exhausted. To compete within the scope of each industry, and to ensure top-tier speed and reliability, businesses are upgrading their computer and network systems regularly. When data are no longer needed, the destruction of the data becomes critical and often required an effective data governance program. If the data is not appropriately destroyed before the equipment begins its secondary tenacity, the primary owner or organization can be exposed to a variety of adverse effects, such as:

• Privacy/identity litigation

• Violations of regulations

• Infringement of intellectual property

• Disclosure of sensitive business strategies

• Breach of software licensing agreements

• Environmental damage

• Negative publicity

In Australia, Under Australian Privacy Principle 11 (APP 11) organizations are required to take reasonable steps to destroy personal and sensitive information when it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was collected. Many organizations have document retention policies which deal with the destruction of documents and the data. However, it is often the case that sensitive information which is stored in systems may be retained for a significant period if it is not appropriately wiped. It is a severe risk to the organization if that information is subject to unauthorized access and or misuse. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) provides guidance to organizations to what will satisfy APP 11 in terms of destruction. Where information is contained on hardware or in electronic form, it is removed in a way that the personal data is irretrievable from that hardware.

Data destruction is the process of removing information in a way that renders it unreadable and irretrievable. Some methods of data destruction are more complicated, time-consuming, or resource-intensive than others. It is common to select the process based on the underlying sensitivity of the data, or the potential harm they could cause if they are recovered. Disposal without sanitization should be considered only if information disclosure would have no impact on organizational mission, would not result in damage to corporate assets, financial loss or harm to any individuals. For example, a mass-produced commercial software program contained on a DVD in an unopened package is unlikely to contain confidential data. Therefore, the decision may be made to dispose of the media without applying any data sanitization technique.

As we mentioned above, deleting a file or folder won’t destroy data. Neither is reformatting any more secure when it comes to destroying data. In these circumstance, many businesses required an external provider to perform data destruction. If you are engaging an external business to data wiping, be selective. Look for a provider accredited by national standards and willing to commit to upholding its principles, including undergoing independent audits. Check references, and insist on a signed contract spelling out the terms of the relationship. The external facility and the contract should cover the following pieces of information:

  • An external destruction facility must have a destruction area with a secure perimeter within which sensitive items are received and destroyed. This safe destruction area may be a portion of the external destruction facility.
  • set out the responsibility of the service provider for the secure destruction of the records involved;
  • specify how the destruction will be accomplished, under what conditions and by whom;
  • require a certificate of destruction be issued upon completion, including the date, time, location, and method of destruction and the signature of the operator

The final consideration in the process is making sure that your data destruction is environmentally friendly and reclaiming precious materials is a part of the process that a conscientious data destruction provider should carry out.

Cyber Computer Recycling provides secured data destruction for the majority of storage devices in the market. All our production labs equipped with WipeDrive Enterprise 9 and WipeDrive is the s most highly-certified data erasure software. WipeDrive is the only data erasure software that has been certified to meet the NIAP’s (National Information Assurance Partnership) EAL 4+ Standard. WipeDrive’s NIAP Certification means that it complies with all the international disk wipe standards. Our hardware destruction machines are specifically designed to destroy your hard drives after the data wiping so that data can never be retrieved or reconstructed. Only, physical destruction will ensure that your digital data is permanently destroyed.