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Drive Destruction vs. Data Erasure: Which Data Disposal Method is Most Secure?

Drives that have been used in a highly protected and confidential information system will need to be retired eventually, even if the data on those drives gets transferred to another storage device. In this situation, making stored data permanently inaccessible will be critical during the decommissioning process. How do you make sure your highly sensitive data is completely destroyed at end-of life? We take a look at physical destruction methods … Read More

SSD Erasure: What Enterprises Need to Know

Solid-state drives (SSDs) can be used alone in a single device, such as in a laptop. Often, however, they are used in tandem with hard disk drives (HDDs) in single machines, or alongside them (in data centers, for instance) to meet the data storage needs of an entire enterprise. This mixed environment can introduce confusion over how to address data destruction for these two very different types of drives. … Read More

Is It Time to Update Your IT Security Policies?

While technology developments come fast and furious, the policies that govern them often aren’t agile enough to keep up. And, when it comes to IT security policies, new technologies aren’t the only factors that can leave your standard protection methods outdated: Changes in business structure, regulation, the value of your data, the speed of data collection and increased malicious activity can also lessen their effectiveness. All of this leaves even … Read More

Data Sanitization Enters “Slope of Enlightenment” on Gartner Hype Cycle

The Gartner Hype Cycles provide a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications, and how they are potentially relevant to solving real business problems and exploiting new opportunities. In addressing data sanitization in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Data Security, 2019,1 Hype Cycle for Privacy, 20192 and Hype Cycle for Endpoint Security, 2019,3 Gartner analysts have provided the following definition: “data sanitization is the disciplined process … Read More

How Many Times Must You Overwrite a Hard Disk for Complete Data Erasure?

The safest and most cost-effective way to make data disappear without having to destroy a hard disk drive (HDD) is to simply overwrite it. But how many overwriting passes are sufficient? Or, as some put it, how many times do you write ones, zeroes, or other junk data to a hard drive before it is completely wiped? It may be fewer than you think. … Read More

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