In January 2003, some researchers at MIT bought 158 used, random disk drives from an online store and found that 60% of them had data still in tact. Additionally, these same researchers found 5,000 credit card numbers on these disks.
When you decommission a system, you have to do something about the data on that system. It’s not a good idea to just power down an old system and give it away, or sell it on eBay. You need to ensure that all sensitive data cannot be accessed.
It is rare for organizations and companies not to have sensitive information on their hard disks. Data Destruction Services by Etekkers, can help you ensure that the following types of information remains private:
- Bank account numbers
- Biometric information
- Classified information
- Copyrighted material
- Corporate financial records
- Credit card numbers
- Department of Defense secrets
- DNA records
- Driver’s license numbers
- Encryption keys
- Firewall configuration files
- Information security documents
- Investment account information
- Medical records
- Law enforcement records
- Legal cases and records
- Login and password information
- National security information
- Passport numbers
- Personal email
- Pharmaceutical formulas
- Political campaign secrets
- Proprietary information
- Retirement account information
- Router ACLs
- Security configuration files
- Sensitive customer information
- Social Security numbers
- Standardized test scores
- Stock trades
- Strategic business plans
- Tax records
- Trade secrets
Etekkesr will assist you in meeting compliance standards for government mandates requiring complete elimination of sensitive information stored on magnetic media prior to re-use or disposal including:
- HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act
- Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
- Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)
- Patriot Act of 2002
- Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act
- US Safe Harbor Provisions
- FDA Security Regulations (21 C.F.R. part 11)
- PCI Data Security Standard
- Destroying your Data – Permanently.
Etekkers ensures that your confidential information remains confidential by destroying it permanently. After being crushed by Etekkers, Data Destruction Service, the data can never be recovered again.
It is much simpler and faster to use the Data Destruction Service, by Etekkers than it is to reformat a disk or use a degausser. Furthermore, it has been proven that degaussers don’t always work. New disks have such strong shielding that the magnetic oersteds (Oe) used to destroy the data can only achieve a high enough field intensity to destroy the read-write arm. Therefore, it’s often possible to remove the platters, put them in new disk housing with a new read-write arm, and read the data that you thought you had destroyed. Unfortunately, due to new disk shielding technologies, degaussers have become unreliable.
In the event that a military or intelligence agency needs to evacuate a facility in an emergency due to an impending hostile attack, the Hard Disk Crusher can be used to destroy sensitive information in record time. No embassy or defense installation that has the possibility of unfriendly take over should be without a Data Destruction Service, by Etekkers.
All commercial organization that needs to protect sensitive information can benefit by using the Data Destruction Service, by Etekkers. The cost of one Data Destruction Service, by Etekkers could potentially save you millions of dollars in lawsuits or privacy compliance penalties.
Data is stored in magnetic media, such as hard drives, floppy disks and magnetic tape, by making very small areas called magnetic domains change their magnetic alignment to be in the direction of an applied magnetic field. This phenomenon occurs in much the same way a compass needle points in the direction of the earth’s magnetic field. Degaussing, commonly called erasure, leaves the domains in random patterns with no preference to orientation, thereby rendering previous data unrecoverable. There are some domains whose magnetic alignment is not randomized after degaussing. The information these domains represent is commonly called magnetic remanence since it is due to remanent magnetization. Proper degaussing will ensure there is insufficient magnetic remanence to reconstruct the data.
Erasure via degaussing may be accomplished in two ways: in AC erasure, the media is degaussed by applying an alternating field that is reduced in amplitude over time from an initial high value (i.e., AC powered); in DC erasure, the media is saturated by applying a unidirectional field (i.e., DC powered or by employing a permanent magnet). A degausser is a device that can generate a magnetic field for degaussing magnetic storage media.
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