How can your ensure that your data is erased securely ?

The truth is : Formatting does not erase the data from your HDD completely.  Not even low level formatting! So how does one ensure that the data is securely wiped from the data devices like a Hard Drives & DLT / LTO Tapes? The two most secure ways to achieve to ensure data is securely wiped is thru Degaussing and thru Shredding / physically destroying Hard Drives.

For almost all commercial organizations, Data Device Crushing / Shredding is the best option ensuring that your data cannot be accessed by anyone. But the truth of the matter is that even after being shredded, in some case, Data can be recovered from shredded devices.  There are very few organizations capable of doing so  worldwide but to be honest,  it is a possibility that some parts of your data may be recoverable even after crushing.  But that needs resources and talents of a very high degree and is normally not available with commercial organizations.

If your data is of a such a level of importance that these high level organizations may be interested in it and you want to be 100% secure, the best option is to Degauss your data device and then get it Shredded / Destroyed.

Which process is right for you?

The more secure process is crushing / shredding of your Data Devices.  In this process, you physically damage and/or break the hard drive to such a degree that is becomes completely unusable.That should suffice for 99% of organizations .   For normal commercial and other data, Data Device Crushing / Shredding will be the best and most effective option.For high security, military, defense and other similar needs, its best to do both, degaussing and data device crushing.

On site or off site?

Your data is valuable  To ensure that there is no leakage / stealing of data in transit,  it is always safer and more secure to get the work done at your premises. We offer on-site services currently at Mumbai and Bangalore.  If the quantity is  sufficiently big to justify it, we can send our people with the equipment to any part of India.

Why is permanent Data Erasure Necessary?

  • An organization’s most sensitive information and intellectual property are often stored on digital media
  • Most companies are very lax when disposing off old equipment.  Old equipment is a treasure trove of data.  Hence it is very necessary to securely  erase data before disposal.
  • Sensitive information that falls into the wrong hands can lead to loss of business, property, or reputation or lead to civil and criminal liability
  • Simply deleting data from a hard drive does not mean that the data is gone forever
  • Regulatory requirements for data protection and customer privacy demand complete, well documented data removal
  • When is Permanent Data Erasure Necessary?

  • When disposing used PCs and hard drives
  • When transferring a PC from one user to another
  • When customer data must be removed to meet government regulations
  • Degaussing and Shredding Explained

    Degaussing is the process of totally erasing data by reducing or eliminating an unwanted magnetic field (information) stored on tape and disk media.   This process renders the data that was stored in these magnetic domains unreadable.There are very specialized machines which are used to degauss the data devices.These machines ensure that the data devices are securely erased. Importantly, they achieve this very quickly, typically within a. Minute or so.Data Devices of magnetic storage would be hard drives,  media like backup LTO and DLT tapes, VHS tapes, cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes etc. Compact Discs (CDs) are not considered magnetic storage because the data is stored on the disc with optics. But they can be shredded for Data safety.Device Shredding is achieved by specialized equipment called Shredders / Disk Crushers.  .  It damages/ breaks  the media surface, heads, alignments etc  of the data device.  This equipment  physically damage and / or break / crush the disk making it completely unusable and data unrecoverable

    Data Security standards

  • NSA
  • DoD 5220.22M
  • NIST Guidelines for Media Sanitization
  • NISPOM (National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual)
  • Hong Kong OGCIO IT Security Guidelines
  • Infosec 5
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
  • HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • FACTA (The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003)GLB
  • (Gramm-Leach Bliley)
  • Sarbanes Oxley
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