With the fast pace that technology is changing, it is common for consumers to go through multiple pieces of technology rather quickly. When changing over from one piece to another, it is important to dispose of old IT assets. Unfortunately, simply erasing data from the hard drive is not enough. Instead, there are other measures you can take to ensure you protect your data.
One of the most sure fire ways to protect your data is through hard drive destruction. When the pieces of the hard drive are destroyed, they become unreadable. However, it is important that you do this through a professional. This is because even if you think you have destroyed your hard drive, you can still gather information from small pieces. Therefore, when your hard drive is destroyed by a professional, at an off-site location, they will ensure that it will be unreadable.
There are also companies that offer on-site destruction. This means that professionals will come to your office and degauss or physically destroy your equipment. Degaussing is the destruction of information through the use of magnetic charges that erase data on hard drives. However, degaussing only works for magnetic devices. When physical destruction takes place on-site, they will bring small machines that can apply enough force to break the platters of the hard drive. While some argue that on-site destruction is more secure, it is often more expensive. As long as you hire a professional company, you can be sure that your data will be destroyed and your data will remain safe. So, if you’re wondering “how can I dispose of my IT assets” call West Coast Computer Recycler to handle this for you. Get a quote now!
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There has been more and more talk of businesses moving to the cloud for their data. As technology increases, businesses also have to worry about data consolidation as they move from one piece of technology to a newer version. Although the cloud can be useful and consolidating data is important, there are some risks when it comes to security. Often times, after the data is consolidated or moved to the cloud, the equipment where the data was previously stored is destroyed or sometimes refurbished. It is important for businesses to make sure that all the data is destroyed in an efficient manner so that there are no security leaks. The best way to avoid these security leaks is to plan ahead.
The first thing to do when taking on a project that entails the destruction of data at a data center, is to figure out your company’s data retention policies. You have to first get the approval from your company regarding what media to destroy, as well as hard drives. If you are unsure of what to destroy, it can impede a time sensitive project and you may also destroy something on accident that can lead to other problems. If you are working on a timeline and going to a certified data destruction vendor, make sure they have enough time to destroy everything before the deadline. This means calling in advance and figuring out what their usual timeline is.
Another very important step is to know which secure data destruction method you are going to use. There are a few different types of ways to destroy data, and you can choose which to use depending on your company’s desires. The first method for data destruction is physical destruction. This means they physically destroy the equipment and dispose of the material according to all environmental regulations. Degaussing is the second method. With this, a strong magnet is used to destroy all the data. Sometimes, tapes can be refurbished and reused. Finally, there is data sanitization. This is when the hard drive is completely wiped, deleting all of the original data. After it has been wiped, it can then be resold, which means your company could remarket assets. Finally, be sure to find the verified data destruction center that works for the needs of your company.