In this digital era, individuals and businesses invest in storage media devices like hard drives, computers, USB sticks, and a lot more for storing valuable data. Without us noticing, we fill them with important files and documents, hence the need for a newer media that has more storage space and features. And then, the cycle continues.
Well, there’s nothing wrong with buying new media storage devices. The only problem is when the full media storage ends up in a drawer or in the cupboard, or is thrown away. When the media storage falls into the wrong hands, crucial data may leak into the wild and cause irrevocable damage to an individual or a company.
This is where electronic and secure data destruction methods come in. What does that mean?
The goal of a data destruction service is to make sensitive or crucial data completely unreadable. To make it possible, third-party or proprietary software is used. After the process, it is expected that data can no longer be recovered and used for any unauthorised or fraudulent purposes.
You might suggest to simply connect the storage media to a computer, click on a file that you want to delete, and then hit the delete button on your keyboard. Yes, that may work as a temporary solution. But the truth is, simply deleting a file won’t suffice to destroy data.
Data destruction means it should no longer be accessed or read by an application or an operating system. When you delete a file from your storage drive, you may no longer see it. However, what you do not know is that the information is still saved on your storage device’s memory.
With a data destruction service, the current data is overwritten with random data. This is done repeatedly until the current data is no longer accessible.
4 Common Electronic Data Destruction Methods
Companies nowadays cannot afford to risk their assets to data breaches. This is probably why the demand for a safe and secure cleansing of hard drive data is increasing. Now, if you are an ITAD company, a reseller of an IT product, or an end user, it is essential to know the different ways to destroy electronic data.
There are four common electronic data destruction methods known to companies nowadays. These are:
1. Hard Drive and Tape Shredding
Hard drive and tape shredding is the most cost-effective and secure way to dispose of end-of-life hard drives. Because it is quick and efficient, this service is ideal for businesses that have large data centers or those companies that keep a pile of old hard drives.
2. Hard Drive Degaussing
For companies with small quantities of media tapes and hard drives, hard drive degaussing is the most cost-effective option. This method exposes hard drives to a powerful magnetic field to remove data from the media itself.
3. Solid State Shredding
The goal of the solid state shredding process is to reduce an electronic solid-state storage device to pieces. It disintegrates solid state hard disks and devices to fine, dust-like particles.
4. Secure Data Erasure
Do you want to securely remove electronic data but want to keep the hard drive itself? Then a secure data erasure is what we recommend. A popular data destruction method, this service is ideal for businesses that have hard drives for lease, reuse, or redeployment. Eco IT Solutions uses Blancco data erasure software for our data destruction service.
The Need for Secure Data Destruction Methods
When individuals and companies deploy and use new technologies, they face the problem on how to dispose of the old IT hardware. They cannot just throw away their old machines and tools as they like. They cannot pass them onto other companies as well. Both actions will put confidential data at risk.
Unfortunately, secure data destruction is not as easy as we all think. It’s not like you click one button and data is destroyed completely. Often times, the process involves more than physical hardware destruction.
To securely and properly dispose of outdated IT hardware and equipment, certified and trusted companies that offer secure data destruction services should be contacted.
Also called secure data erasure, this service is a method that involves software-based overwriting. The process completely destroys electronic data that resides on a storage media. Unlike other data destruction methods, this method wipes all information, leaving the device operable and usable.
The secure data erasure process generally follows this process:
- Initial enquiry or fetching of hard disk parameters
- Test hard disk for errors
- Write hard disk sectors with specific patterns
- Flush the buffers
If your business is dealing with confidential data, then you have to be completely aware of the risks involved, especially with disposing of media tapes and hard drives. Not safeguarding sensitive data may impact you and your customers’ information big time. That said, secure data destruction should be taken seriously.
Our Secure Data Destruction Service
The next time you find yourself in need to decide whether to sell or dispose of your storage media, think twice. You don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands. Take the right steps and avail of a secure data destruction service.
At Eco IT Solutions, we have professionals and engineers who understand the data destruction process. We can provide you with a detailed documentation of the process, assuring you that all confidential and sensitive data remains safe.
We offer secure data destruction solutions for all sorts of devices. Although we regularly handle and deal with servers and hard drives, our team is equipped with technologies designed for handling different types of devices.
So, regardless of the industry you are working in, we can draft a secure data destruction solution to match your needs. We will review the type of equipment you are using, your customer requirements, asset location, and your company’s life cycle management.
To get a quote or discuss our secure data destruction service further, you may call us at 02 8055 3775 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit us at Level 3, 11 York St., Sydney, NSW, 2000.