Protect Your Information– How To Successfully Crush Your Hard Drive

Your hard drive is the central nervous system of your PC. It’s an external or internal component that stores your data. The information on your hard drive is sensitive and poses a threat to your security if placed in the wrong hands. In fact, you should never throw a computer away or simply try to crush the components yourself. The following guide briefly discusses the best way to discard your hard drive and properly get rid of your personal data. 

Today, providers like Phiston Technologies offers a hands-free crushing technique that totally obliterates your hard drive. Individual PC owners and large corporations with sensitive information including banks, government organizations, and schools are invited to feed their computer into our MediaVise Destroyer for an automated crushing solution. We’re committed to data security protection in response to the rise of data breaches. Our professionals understand the importance of securely destroying your hard drive and eliminating the threat of someone retrieving your personal data. In fact, crushing your hard drive prevents the recovery of your stored information. Our customers can also purchase products from us that will allow them to crush or shed their own hard drive at home or the office. 

Phiston Technologies is proud to meet The U.S. Department of Defense National Security Agency (NSA) specifications. With over 15+ years of experience proudly serving the public and private sector of the Miami area, we specialize in big corporations, but welcome small businesses too with a nationwide audience in 30 countries. We offer portable, rugged, but easy to operate products that meet regulatory requirements. Phiston Technologies are the pioneers in 5 key performance areas: 

  • simplicity 
  • safety 
  • attentiveness 
  • compact 
  • destruction standards 

Don’t run the risk of recycling your PC with your information in tact. You’re invited to contact us at Phiston Technologies for high quality products guaranteed to successfully destroy your hard drive and prevent the threat of a security breach. 

Data Security for SaaS Applications

The new Data Breach Notification Laws came into effect in February 2018. Now you may be asking yourself, “Do these laws affect me?” They’d affect any business which either has a revenue of $3 million or over or deals with a client’s TFN. Kamino recently surveyed advisers, accountants, and superannuation funds, and asked them specifically if they were aware of the new data breach notification laws. Only 32% of survey respondents said they were completely aware of them.

What Are the New Laws?

Basically, if you experience a cyber security breach and any of your clients or customers are affected by that, you have to notify your clients of the breach, and you have to notify the OAIC. As advisers and accountants, you would be very aware of how important client information and data is to the success of your business. Your clients trust you with their financial lives. Therefore, monetary damage aside, if you experience a cyber breach incident, the major concern here is the risk of brand damage.

What Can You Do?

First of all, read up and research. Secondly, get an independent cyber security audit. An audit will show you where your vulnerabilities already are in your business, and you’d rather know from the good guys what’s going on than waiting for the bad guys to be able to get in there. If you haven’t already invested in cyber insurance, now is probably the time. You can go and speak to an independent insurance broker who specializes specifically in cyber insurance for small to medium businesses. Lastly, educate your staff. One sloppy team member can topple a whole business if they click on a risky link or open up a wrong attachment. So make sure you invest in training your staff and have stringent processes and procedures in place when it comes to cyber security.

Keep Your Data Safe

There’s a couple of useful tips if you’re looking to protect yourself in light of the new data breach notification laws. If you want to receive cyber security alerts on an ongoing basis, please contact us.  

How to Comply With the Data Breach Notification Laws

The new Data Breach Notification Laws came into effect in February 2018. Now you may be asking yourself, “Do these laws affect me?” They’d affect any business which either has a revenue of $3 million or over or deals with a client’s TFN. Kamino recently surveyed advisers, accountants, and superannuation funds, and asked them specifically if they were aware of the new data breach notification laws. Only 32% of survey respondents said they were completely aware of them.

What Are the New Laws?

Basically, if you experience a cyber security breach and any of your clients or customers are affected by that, you have to notify your clients of the breach, and you have to notify the OAIC. As advisers and accountants, you would be very aware of how important client information and data is to the success of your business. Your clients trust you with their financial lives. Therefore, monetary damage aside, if you experience a cyber breach incident, the major concern here is the risk of brand damage.

What Can You Do?

First of all, read up and research. Secondly, get an independent cyber security audit. An audit will show you where your vulnerabilities already are in your business, and you’d rather know from the good guys what’s going on than waiting for the bad guys to be able to get in there. If you haven’t already invested in cyber insurance, now is probably the time. You can go and speak to an independent insurance broker who specializes specifically in cyber insurance for small to medium businesses. Lastly, educate your staff. One sloppy team member can topple a whole business if they click on a risky link or open up a wrong attachment. So make sure you invest in training your staff and have stringent processes and procedures in place when it comes to cyber security.

Keep Your Data Safe

There’s a couple of useful tips if you’re looking to protect yourself in light of the new data breach notification laws. If you want to receive data security alerts on an ongoing basis, please contact us.  

Tips on How to Find the Right Company to Outsource Your Hard Disk Crushing

Was your company’s technology recently compromised? If so, you should seriously consider destroying your hard disk and other hardware. Many businesses decide to outsource their hard disk crushing needs to an experienced professional who can safely do the job at an affordable rate. Below are several questions you should ask when trying not find a qualified service provider who can destroy your company’s equipment:

  • How do they calculate their prices?
  • Are they bonded and insured?
  • How will they store your hard disks and other equipment until it’s destroyed?
  • Can they pick up your items or do you need to transport them to their facility?
  • What is their usual turnaround time?
  • Is their business and storage area routinely monitored?
  • What type of methods do they use to destroy IT equipment?
  • How will you know for certain when your equipment is destroyed?
  • Do they offer a certificate or some type of proof?
  • What do they do with the waste afterwards?  

After you’ve finished screening potential candidates, narrow it down to a couple of businesses and try to visit their facility if possible to observe their operation. Is the space clean and well organized? Do they store the equipment in a secure area? After you’ve seen the premises you can select a reliable company to handle your high security data storage media destruction with confidence.

Outsource Your Data Destruction to Phiston Technologies

Phiston Technologies, Inc. is one of the leading scientific research, development, engineering and manufacturing businesses in the country. Please contact us today if you would like to outsource your data destruction. Companies in a wide range of prominent industries trust us to keep their data secure and destroy equipment with our proprietary MediaVise®, the MediaVise® Compact and MediaDice™. Our organization also follows the protocols established by the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Agency (NSA) so you can be confident that we will handle your company’s equipment with care.

Prevent Data Recovery of Discarded Solid State Drives

Solid state drives are increasingly used in the workplace because they have many advantages over traditional hard drives. As a result of having fewer moving parts, they have substantially faster read times than hard drives. They last much longer on average and as prices have decreased per gigabyte of storage, they have become more economical for use. One of their biggest advantages can also be a disadvantage in certain cases. Unlike traditional hard drives, the data on solid state drives is usually intact when an SSD does fail. This is good to prevent unexpected data loss but complicates matters when disposing of the drive. The internal construction of a solid state drive is significantly different than a standard hard drive’s magnetic platter. Data is stored on an SSD through the use of flash memory. Per https://techterms.com, flash memory is defined as “a type of electrically erasable programmable read-only memory”. This basically means that data is stored in a group of memory cells that can be electrically erased. The best way to ensure data is unrecoverable is by physical destruction of the solid state drive. Since the memory units are so small, a different device is needed to discard a solid state drive than one which is used to destroy a hard drive.

With our proprietary MediaDice, MediaVise, and V-Spike series, Phiston has a variety of units to assist a business of any size in safe disposal of solid state drives. Our MediaDice line,MediaDice SSD Disintegrator makes use of a continuous cycle knife mill that will chop the media into small pieces 2 millimeters or less which are then vacuumed into a storage bin for safe removal. The MediaVise series, MediaViseSSD Destroyer, utilizes a hydraulic press with hardened steel teeth that puncture and pulverize the memory cells of the drive. The MediaVise SSD Destroyer is available in freestanding, compact, and rack-mount designs, depending upon your company’s needs as well as a higher capacity device, High Thruput SSD Destroyer, typically used by data centers and larger offices. For the ultimate level of data destruction, our V-Spike line(MediaVise Compact SSD V-Spike) uses the functionality of the MediaVise after delivering an electrical jolt to the drive to further ensure the data is inoperable.

Phiston Technologies has the right solution for high security data storage media destruction for businesses of all sizes. If you would like more info on any of these products, please contact us.