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.