Solid state drives (SSDs) are becoming increasingly popular as companies move away from traditional data storage technologies such as hard drives, because SSDs can hold large amounts of data easily and be rapidly accessed. Examples of SSDs include miniaturized electronic devices and data storage media that include USBs, PDAs, smart phones and circuit boards.
Encryption Can Protect Data…but Won’t Help SSD Data Deletion
Companies store sensitive data such as personal information, health records, credit card numbers, Social Security Numbers, or proprietary company secrets on SSDs and protect this data by using encryption tools that put the data in code, rendering it unreadable.
The protection that encryption provides is adequate under normal working conditions when SSDs are in active use. But if a company decommissions solid state drives that hold encrypted sensitive data, it is more likely that data thieves will try to break into the code. In order to delete data completely, decommissioned SSDs must undergo proper physical destruction.
Why the Proper Physical Destruction of SSDs Is Key
An SSD uses small flash memory chips to store vast amounts of data. But data can be recovered if even a fragment larger than a half of a square millimeter remains intact. And, unlike hard drives, solid state drives cannot be degaussed (demagnetized) because data storage is located on memory chips and not magnetized on disks. That’s why it’s so crucial to have SSDs destroyed by a data destruction device that can destroy them properly so that absolutely no data can be recovered.
3 Reasons Why SSDs Should Be Destroyed In-House
Using the right data destruction device to properly destroy SSDs is critical to data security. Your organization might outsource this work to a 3rd-party specialist. But here are 3 compelling reasons for using in-house data destruction instead .
1. Control of the Destruction Process
On-site SSD destruction gives your organization complete control of every step in the process. Protected sensitive data requires documentation from start to finish. But documenting this data may become challenging if you entrust it to 3rd-party stakeholders. This process becomes more straightforward and transparent when using in-house data destruction.
2. Total Assurance of Destruction
When the destruction of SSDs remains on site, no part of the process is left vulnerable to human error, inadequate methodologies or other problems that may result in incomplete data destruction. SSD deletion can be verified in house every time.
3. Control of Operating Expenses
Over the long term, your company can spend more on the long-term costs of an off-site subscription service for data destruction than by investing in a hardware-based solution such as a solid state destroyer. The security and control of having an in-house SSD destruction combined with the long-term cost benefits to provide a substantial return on investment for your business.
The destruction of SSDs requires specialized products that are designed to completely destroy these devices in an efficient and environmentally sound way. Phiston Technologies offers these data destruction products that also meet the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Agency’s data security standards. If you’d like more information about our innovative line of SSD destroyers, contact us today.