May 23, 2017
Did you know that the safest way to deal with an old hard drive is to physically destroy it? Knowing the best way to destroy a hard drive is critical too.
Most organizations and individuals today store a lot of confidential information on hard drives, flash drives, optical media, mobile phones, and other equipment. But privacy laws and legislation around the world require that all workplaces follow specific data security and disposal requirements for confidential information.
Research has shown that some common practices with dated hard drives – putting equipment into the garbage, stockpiling computers, and erasing data in some way – are actually increasing the risk of a data breach. Here’s a quick review of why they are risky.
What should be done with old hard drives?
Just like paper documents that contain confidential data must be securely shredded before they’re recycled, equipment that stores digital information must be securely destroyed as well. Physically destroying hard drives and electronic media ensures information is unrecoverable.
All workplaces are encouraged to do regular clean-outs of storage facilities. The mobile workforce should be encouraged to bring their old devices for secure destruction too.
Hard drive destruction services
A professional information destruction partner will provide specialized destruction methods that can be tailored to workplace requirements. Industrial grade shearing/shredding equipment slice hard drives into small pieces and destroy all parts and components. Crushing services punch permanent holes through hard drives.
The third-party provider should have a secure chain of custody for end-to-end security, keeping track of hard drives and other equipment it destroys and providing an itemized Certificate of Destruction for proper record-keeping.
After destruction, materials should be recycled with approved partners to reduce the carbon footprint.