Do You Have A Data Destruction Plan?

When drafting your cybersecurity strategy, it is important to remember your old hard drives. Your old hard drives can still pose a dangerous threat regardless of how old your hard drives are. Every computer and multifunction printer you have in your workplace will have a hard drive that has sensitive and confidential data. 

The data that is stored on the hard drives can be company data that has been saved by the employee, it can be customer data, or it can be financial records. While newer systems have always depended on the security benefits they receive by using cloud storage, there are older systems that did not experience those types of benefits. Older systems cannot store their sensitive and confidential data in the cloud; the data has to be stored locally.

Since sensitive data is stored locally, it can create a variety of challenges when it comes to replacing hard drives. We understand how easy it is to sign in to the computer and erase data, but erasing the data will not be enough to ensure the wrong person does not find the information that was stored on the hard drives. The actual method by which you erase data is highly important. 

It is important to go through the proper hard drive destruction steps to ensure your data is properly handled. In order to fully protect the sensitive data that has been stored by people within your business or organization, you will need to assess every device or equipment you have and determine the risks they bring. Anything that has a hard drive has the ability to be misused after it has been taken out of the office. 

We recommend that you implement a secure hard drive destruction strategy so the data that has been stored on your devices and hard drives will be safe. Contact us today to find more information about data destruction strategies and the proper way to erase hard drives. 

Hard Drive Destruction: Permanently Destroy Data

We are living in an age where there are constant wordily cyberattacks and data breaches. With so many attacks taking place on a yearly basis, digital security continues to be a major concern for individuals, businesses, and organizations across the globe. In order to be effective, one’s security strategies and procedures need to have the ability to treat internal and external threats in the same manner.

While you may not have given significant thought to your security procedures and strategies, it would be wise to think about your current security procedures and if it will be good enough to protect you from internal and external threats. One of the main things you should think about when it comes to your strategy is what will happen to your information once you no longer need it.

You will begin to collect data that you will no longer need for business purposes, but what will you do with the data. Erasing the data from your devices may remove the files, but the data will still remain on your hard drive. Hard drive data destruction can be used to clear all confidential and sensitive information from your hard drives and solid state drives. 

Destroying a hard drive completely is the most secure way to dispose of the data you have collected over time. However, we do not mean dropping your hard drive from the highest floor of your building. While throwing your hard drive from a building is an easy way to destroy it, it is not the most secure way. The most secure way to destroy your hard drive is using hard drive destruction equipment because this will permanently destroy the equipment and the data that has been saved.

If you have been looking for an ideal and secure solution to destroying your hard drives and your data, do not hesitate to contact us today to ask about your hard drive destruction equipment.

When “Deleted” Files Aren’t Deleted

When you delete a file, you might think that it’s gone forever. If you don’t know how your computer actually stores your data on your drive, whether you have a traditional spinning hard drive or an SSD, you’d be surprised at what can be recovered, especially when a device falls into the wrong hands.

When you delete a file on your drive, you might imagine that the computer erases the data. What the operating system actually does is mark the physical space on the drive as available for overwriting. You never know when that part of the drive will be finally overwritten. That’s why it’s possible to use file recovery utilities to get back files you deleted by mistake.

And that’s just on regular hard drives. Hard drives are being replaced in many new machines with SSDs. With the decreased power consumption, smaller hardware footprint, increased reliability, and increased speed, it’s not hard to see why they’ve become so popular. But there’s a big problem when it comes to deleting data on them.

Because SSDs can only handle so many read/write cycles, they make use of a technique called “wear leveling” to spread data around the drive. While it maximizes the lifetime of SSDs, it also adds to the uncertainty of whether “deleted” data is really deleted.

Since SSDs are so popular in mobile devices, it can mean that confidential data stored on them can be accessed in case they are lost, stolen, or simply given away without being wiped.

There are utilities that can attempt to overwrite all the data on a drive multiple times, but if you really want to make sure that any important data like financial records or trade secrets can’t be read by outsiders, the only absolute way is to prevent them for reading the drive entirely. In other words, physically destroying the drive.

Please get in touch with us so you can destroy your old drives safely and securely. We offer a variety of drive destruction machines to suit your needs and budget.

Physical Data Destruction: Protection From Data Breaches

The physical destruction of data involves destroying any data that has been stored on hard drives and other forms of electronic media. When physical data destruction takes place, anything that has been stored on the drives will not be readable or accessible by anyone, especially those who want to use the data for unauthorized purposes. 

Unfortunately, many people do not fully understand physical destruction, or they do not take proper physical destruction into consideration when it is time to get rid of hard drives or other storage devices. Each day presents a risk of a serious data breach, and it is important to be very aware of your digital footprints. 

Physical data destruction is not the same as physically destroying the piece of equipment the data is stored on. When you use equipment that can destruct your data, the data will not be usable. Data crushing, data shredding, and disintegration can all be used to make the data unreadable, unusable, and inaccessible. 

Many companies use data removal methods that are not appropriate or they are completely ignoring them. Many companies across the globe will store their end-of-life devices in closets or storage units. To add to the risk of internal and external data breaches, the majority of the companies will take several weeks to remove the data from those devices.

Many companies will store devices in their facilities without taking any action to remove data or physically destroy them. Spending a significant amount of money on a yearly basis to store equipment that is not being used is a major security problem that will create various compliance risks that could have been avoided by addressing the problem the first time.

As the usage of data increases, it will become more important to understand data destruction and the proper way to destroy data. If you want to comply with the guidelines and regulations and if you want to protect your business from data breaches, contact us today to learn more about our data destruction equipment.

Hard Drive Destruction Equipment: Destroy Data The Right Way

The protection of sensitive and confidential electronic information can sometimes be overlooked within a company. While many companies have a Backup and Disaster Recovery(BDR) plan or a data destruction plan, they do not always have answers to questions about electronic information.

While many companies may use software to delete data, some software has limitations. Unfortunately, the limitations on the software can leave hard drives extremely vulnerable to attacks by hackers who are determined to steal as much information as they can. So, what options do you have? If you are truly looking for a reliable solution, we recommend physical hard drive destruction.

Recovering data from hard drives is easier than many people may realize. Even if one takes the steps to delete data, there are many resources and tools available that can recover deleted files. Also, manually deleting files will open the door for human error. As mentioned earlier, software that promises to completely wipe information on a hard drive will not be effective. 

Phiston Technologies believes that using hard drive destruction equipment is the only reliable to destroy data that has been stored on hard drives. A hard drive can hold millions of sensitive information that you would not want to land in the hands of the wrong person. If you have plans to dispose of or donate old computers or other equipment, you have to make sure the hard drive is removed and disposed of in the proper way.

At Phiston Technologies, we sell hard drive destruction equipment that can destroy your sensitive information in the most secure and cost-effective manner. We offer a range of secure physical destruction equipment and services. With data breaches and identity theft on the rise, we want to help you prevent any security threats within your company. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us today to learn more about our data destruction equipment.