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.