Peace of Mind in an Age of Unlimited Data Storage
There is a real risk of others accessing your out-of-date information if you don’t follow hardware destruction procedures. It’s an important step that guarantees that no compromise of your business’s most pertinent data arises.
Information storage today is unparalleled. It invites more risks for the misuse of confidential information. That’s why hardware destruction is an essential resource for all businesses. Deleting information on any drive is not an “end.” Information retrieval is an ability skilled individuals practice and can achieve. Even formatting, the encoding of a new file system, won’t restrict access to all sensitive data. Securing the disposal of your hardware can prevent the possible scenario where others could obtain access to information stored on a physical hard drive.
How It Works
One option is to have a hard drive destruction specialist come to your business, pick up your equipment, and it take way to an off-site destruction location. A better alternative — especially for those wary of security controls — is mobile hard drive shredding. In this instance, professionals perform hardware disposal at your facility under your supervision. For example, Sergeant Shredder only utilizes state-of-the-art shredding trucks. We destroy all types of media and shred 100% of all materials.
Certification of Hard Drive Destruction
For those businesses who must comply with various state and federal privacy laws (such as HIPAA, FERPA, FACTA, etc.), you also need a certificate of destruction. It provides documentation of the date and time of the your hard drive destruction.
When choosing a hard drive destruction specialist, be aware of the environmental impact. Check to see if they recycle all shredded material from your discarded hardware. Not all professional shredding companies are certified electronic and metal recyclers.
Don’t Forget Paper Shredding & Other Media
Sensitive information also lurks on paper. Paper destruction options include, but are not limited to: contracts, social security numbers, credit card numbers, utility bills, password or PIN information, bank statements, medical history, loan documents, legal archives, tax files, insurance documents, payroll reports, cancelled checks, HIPAA/FACTA mandated documents and any other financial, legal or personal information. Other products that can be safely disposed of are CDs, computer backups, copier hard drives, computer hard drives, microfiche, x-rays, video tapes, cassette tapes, casino chips, product samples, prototypes, credit cards and pill bottles.
How do you handle hard drive destruction?