Written By Namrata Sengupta
Updated on Sep 18, 2019
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Data destruction is a term that has become increasingly used in today’s modern technological world. Just like we value our physical possessions, today data in form of information is equally valued and possessed by all, consumers or business owners, whether privately or publicly run. It is really critical for a business to see how data is destructed when the media changes hand or disposed of.
What is Data Destruction?
Data Destruction is defined differently by many industry leaders. Most of the time people confuse data destruction with data deleting or formatting. When data is deleted or drive formatted, it is no longer accessible by the operating system but it can surely be recovered using a professional data recovery tool. Hence we need to perform data destruction.
Data destruction means the process of destroying the data stored on a machine-readable medium (data-bearing device) such as a hard disk drive, solid-state drive, optical disc, memory card, tape drive, etc. Modern data destruction techniques focus on destroying the data (directly or indirectly) such that it cannot be retrieved using any tool or technique and is gone forever. The end goal of data destruction is to protect personal and confidential information against breaches and other threat scenarios. In the legal context, the practice should enable the organization to attain compliance with the prevalent regulations.
Data destruction can be broken down into physical destruction and non-physical destruction. Physical destruction is degaussing the hard drive or storage media by changing the magnetic field. Data can be physically destructed also by shredding the device too making it completely unusable. Either method of physical destruction is not environment friendly and should be refrained from usage. Non-Physical destruction is data wiping or data sanitization using software that overwrites available space/blocks with random data until it is considered irretrievable. Data sanitization is done by wiping the media using professional erasure software. This method of destruction is considered environment friendly and helps in the reusability of the storage devices. Most IT Asset disposition companies and refurbishers prefer to use data wiping software like BitRaser to erase data from hard drives, mobile devices, servers beyond data recovery scope.
Why is data destruction essential?
According to CNN Money, close to 50% of Americans have faced some kind of risk to their personal information. Various organizations including the Federal government have been the target of data breaches. Entities need to ensure that no compromise on data privacy is done when they dispose of their data on media related to business. They need to make use of optimum measures to make it impossible for hackers to decipher the data on hard drives. Preferably, one must work with certified data destruction software like BitRaser.
Does Data Go Forever when we use data destruction software?
Data wiping in its true sense is making the entire data inaccessible on a storage device. This storage device can be internal or external to the computer, server, or any similar paraphernalia. The whole purpose of data wiping is to prevent data-breach from end-of-cycle IT assets. And if the data on storage devices are erased through BitRaser a certified data erasure software, then it even makes the storage devices fit for reuse. The process of data erasure of storage devices and further reusing them for storage of fresh data, minimize the need for new storage devices thus helping in a significant reduction of e-waste. Environment-friendly hard-drive destruction via BitRaser software or disk wipe technique helps users in multiple ways:
The next time you intend to buy a new cellphone or a hard disk or any other device with storage capacity, ensure that you wipe-off the data from the old device with certified & secure BitRaser data erasure software.
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