Keep your data safe and out of the wrong hands!
If you are in business it’s important to securely wipe your old hard drives before recycling old systems when they are being replaced. Data thieves are always trying to find a way to get your data. Don’t leave it on old equipment you are discarding.
Why do you need data wiping?
If not thoroughly cleaned, residual data known as Data Remanence continues to exist after common activities, such as ‘deleting’ or moving a file.
Standard file deletion only removes references to files while the contents remain intact on your hard drive in various places like free space and file slack. Confidential files you intended to erase could easily be restored with widely available undelete tools.
Wiping is a term used to describe the process of shredding contents of a file or disk space beyond recovery. Routine use of wiping tools can remove the pain of Data Remanence and truly protect your sensitive data from unwanted eyes.
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Use Cases for Data Wiping
- Securely erase selected files, including Data Remanence
- Remove all traces of user activities, including temporary files, browser & Windows history.
- Wipe files from classified sessions on periods processing workstations (shared computers)
- Clean up ‘classified data spills’ – when data resides somewhere it shouldn’t
- Clearing files with untrusted data (potential malware)
End-of-Life Data Protection
- Data sanitization for computer disposal, decommission or re-purpose
- Clearing hard drives between classified programs
- Hard drive with proprietary information fails under warranty, then must be securely erased before returning to the manufacturer
- Donate used computers securely
Compliance with Regulations
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
- Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
- NIST SP 800-88 Guidelines for Media Sanitization – Our Default Method
- IRS Publication 4812 Contractor Security & Privacy Controls
Frequently asked data wiping questions.
1. What Method do you use to wipe my drives?
By default, we use NIST 800-88-3. This method is used because this is the default method used by the Department of Defense, but we can wipe your drives by any standard required by your organization, insurance company, or government agency.
2. What happens to my drives after they are wiped?
We can return the drives so you or your organization can store them, or destroy them. We can also recycle them via a certified recycling organization we use on a regular basis.
3. Do you provide a certificate of erasure?
Yes, we will print out a wiping report explaining the drive details, and the method used in the wiping process for that specific drive/s.
4. Do you provide discounts?
Yes, the more drives you bring in to be wiped the per-drive cost will decrease.
Get a wiping project quote today!
We’ll put together a customized quote about your project and work with you to get started on your project. Call us at 570-283-8215 for a quote or fill out the form below.