With the amount of sensitive data that businesses store from employee information to customer credit card numbers, businesses need to seriously consider the data security that they are using. In 2015, the most cyber attacked industries included healthcare, manufacturing, financial services and transportation. Even if your business does not fall into these categories, data security is still something that should not be taken lightly. While there are many services to take advantage of to help secure data, one of the best things you can do is taking advantage of data destruction services.
There are a number of different types of data destruction. For example, for the most part, data can be destroyed through software data wiping, degaussing or hard drive shredding. Software wiping is a process that erases data from the drive through a software that overwrites the information stored on the hard drive. If your business is planning on donating, selling, or reusing electronics, this is a good option for you.
Degaussing is a process where the hard drive is ran under a powerful magnet that makes the disc completely unreadable as well as no longer usable. For the most secure way to ensure that your sensitive data is not leaked, hard drive shredding is your best bet. Hard drive shredding is the physical act of shredding and destroying the pieces of the hard drive until the machine is essentially pulverized. Hard drive shredding not only ensures that your sensitive data will be untraceable, when hiring a certified data destruction company, there are also environmental benefits to shredding data as well. For example, e-waste won’t end up in landfills, precious metals are recycled, which lessens the strain on our natural resources, and toxic materials for the equipment won’t seep into the ground or water sources, which occurs when e-waste is left out in landfills. If your business holds sensitive information, consider data destruction services to keep your business secure.