Got a smartphone with a cracked screen sitting in your drawer? An old iPad collecting dust? Got a pile of computers stacked after your business office upgraded its hardware? Most individuals leave end-of-life electronics sitting due to that no one knows an easy and safe way to dispose of them.
Failure to destroy confidential information can have far-reaching implications for both individuals and businesses. Individual’s credit scores can be damaged, and organizations risk huge financial losses and tarnished reputations. Medical professionals also have to address HIPAA regulations too.
Well, you don’t have to do anything special. Our everyday business practice is to ensure anything that could contain personal information is safely and securely handled. There are three methods for destroying data per the NIST 800-88 guidelines. NIST stands for National Institute of Standards and Technology and they issue the federal guidelines for data destruction.
The three methods are 1) electronic data sanitization 2) reset devices to original factory setting or 3) physical destruction (e.g. shredding).
For electronic data sanitization, we employ wiping software to sanitize the data on the memory containing a device like a hard drive. Wiping is not the same as deleting since mere deleting the file would not stop a hacker from recovering the data.
We also reset devices to original factory settings especially when we offer the product for reuse.
Regarding physical destruction, we can shred hard drives at our Phoenix recycling center or we can shred them at your location with our mobile hard drive shredder.
Secure Date Destruction is one of the services available as part of our complete IT Asset Disposition Service offering. A Certificate of Destruction is available to confirm the submitted hard drives were destroyed.