In these threatening times of cyber-theft, it is more important than ever to do everything possible to avoid your employees’ and your customers’ personal identity information from falling into the wrong hands! That’s why data destruction is such a huge issue. Operating without a firm process for destroying all traces of this critical issue also exposes your business to various threats should sensitive information be used by criminals. |
The only fool-proof way to prevent this is the complete destruction of the magnetic hardware holding this information. There are several benefits that follow:
1. Physical destruction using high-security data destruction machines is a secure and permanent way of ensuring that sensitive information is unrecoverable. 2. Properly destroying data storage hardware will save you from the possibility of losing thousands in fines. 3. Storing up old hard-drives is a messy, cluttered, and inefficient way to use your office space. Free it up! 4. Relieve yourself of the hassle and worry of staying in compliance with complicated and changing laws related to the storage of sensitive employee and customer information. Further, you can work with companies that will destroy your hardware in a way that is compliant with all state and federal laws.
Data destruction is more difficult than you may think. Today’s data storage devices are very durable and there has been significant advancement in data retrieval technology. It’s now possible to recover data from media that has been crushed, flooded, and even when the media has fallen from great heights. And yet, you must be able to guarantee full and complete destruction of certain data!
There are actually three different categories for data destruction. These include:
Clear: In “Clear” data destruction, the vendor will use a software-based approach to completely remove data from all user-addressable storage. The software follows basic read/ write commands like rewriting with a new value or resetting the drive to original factory condition.
Purge: A “Purge” uses advanced technology to make data recovery impossible.
Destroy: Destroy entails using different techniques that render the drive unable to store data or for data to be retrieved from the drive.
Green Tree Electronic Recycling has integrated data destruction services into our complete electronics recycling operation. Our services span photocopiers, fax machines, printers, smartphones, desktop and laptop computers as well as mid-range, mainframe and larger systems. e work to Department of Defense standards (DOD 5220.22-M) and will either de-magnetize or shred every asset. A unique certificate of disposition is provided for every asset in question.
Don’t leave your business, your employees or your customers exposed to identity theft! When it’s time to re-invest in you data storage, be sure and contact us about your data destruction needs!
This blog is written by Joe Hines, Lead Branding Architect at Professional Edge. Green Tree is an electronic waste recycling organization based out of Irvine, CA working to create a more sustainable future for Orange County. Our role in this immense effort is helping our partners take responsible action with their electronic waste. We collect and recycle computers, servers, hard-drives, cell phones and mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) and leverage the profits from recycling e-waste and metals to fund the acquisition of technologies for local public K-12 schools throughout Southern California. This significantly reduces the carbon footprint that technology products and their short life-cycles produce. Visit our site at www.greentreeelectronicrecycling.com or call us at 1-800-405-6308
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