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Home » Resources » A Comprehensive List of Data Wiping & Erasure Standards
There are numerous data erasure and data wiping standards for the secure removal of sensitive information from PC hard drives, removable media, LUNs and other storage devices. Rigorous standards for these data sanitization procedures are set forth by government agencies and private organizations around the globe.
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Standards are set forth by government agencies and private institutions to ensure quality and consistency. Regarding data erasure, standards normally differ on the number of overwrites and what pattern is used to overwrite a data storage device.
The most well-known data sanitization standards or guidelines may be the 3 and 7-pass methods from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M/ECE) and the NIST SP 800-88, Rev. 1 Clear and Purge standards, but others may be more popular in various regions or industries.
The newest data sanitization version is IEEE 2883-2022 from the IEEE Standards Association. This IEEE Standard for Sanitizing Storage “specifies methods of sanitizing logical storage and physical storage, as well as providing technology-specific requirements and guidance for the elimination of recorded data.”
View the data wiping and erasure standards below, then decide which one(s) is the best fit for your business.
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As the global leader in certified data erasure, Blancco supports 24+ international data wiping and erasure standards set by government agencies, legal authorities, and independent testing laboratories, including all the ones listed above.
Regardless of the internal standard(s) required by your government or organization, Blancco solutions can help you prove compliance and protect your data.
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Originally published October 2017. Updated April 2023 to add the new IEEE 2883-2022, the IEEE Standard for Sanitizing Storage.