Data Security - Make sure you do it right
Value Added Article - Easy ways to erase secure data from hard drives
Unfortuanatly for this article, the title is the downfall. The reason these methods are easy is because they are not always effective!
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The article starts off with a very concerning statistic - Almost half of the computers sold on E-bay contain private information including Social Security numbers, family names, contacts, financial records and more. Then it continues to describe how pressing delete on the keyboard or putting an object into the recycle bin isn’t enough.
The analogy made in the article to a board with Visible and Deleted is quite good. I am a fan of this analogy. I suggest it for everyone to read, tech oriented or not.
The troubling part of the article comes with the solutions. Data wipes are not always 100% irretrievable and though they make data much harder to retreive, the data remains. When dealing with vital information, this certainly is not acceptable. A company would still be liable if the information retrieved after a data wiping process.
The second solution of selective Destruction is also suspect as backups are sometimes saved in remote or unknown locations. So in essencse, even though you think a file is gone, a backup could exist that you don’t remember or don’t even know about.
The third solution is also not infallible. Data is stored specifically on the platter and read off of the spindles, so if you use a hammer and a screw driver but do not hit these hotspots; then it is just a simple task to put the platter and spindles into a working drive and retrieve the information.
I want to make it clear all of these solutions make data very much harder to find and in most cases are probably sufficient. I commend the article writer on his list and his knowledge.
For companies that are selling their computers I would have to suggest more definitive destruction solutions. If you store customer information on a computer and that information is compromised, you are liable and can be held accountable. The financial penalties can be considerable and your reputation severely damaged.
To be 100% sure that your data is destroyed and never retreivable again by any means you have to completely crush and destroy the splindles and platter.
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For your business, don’t use a homemade solution that works most of the time. Vernon has over 25 years of experience and can give you Visual Verification that your data is gone forever. Care, custody and control.
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