Global Data Erasure Standards For Media Sanitization

Many Governments across the globe have established rigorous data wiping standards for software-based overwriting to get rid of data beyond restoration to maintain data privacy, prevent data leakage & data breach. A key determinant in data erasure is meeting these international standards & ensuring the number of times the data is overwritten before the device is disposed of. Some of these standards require a method to verify that all the data has been removed from the entire hard drive or SSD. Complete data erasure using BitRaser would erase drives including hidden areas, typically DCO, HPA, and remapped sectors.

We have listed below some of the most prevailing and worldwide accepted data erasure standards. You may choose the best that suits your business as per the prevailing law in your country or as per the ask of the client.

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24 Internationally Recognized Erasure Standards

Standards Name
Passes
NIST 800-88 Clear
1 pass
NIST 800-88 Purge is one among the media sanitization standards revealed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology. Purge involves physical or logical techniques that makes Data recovery impossible even through the advanced laboratory techniques. It involves overwrite, Block Erase, and Cryptographic Erase, through dedicated, standardized device sanitize commands that apply media-specific techniques to bypass the abstraction inherent in typical read and write commands.
1~3 passes
US Department of Defense method when published specified a process of overwriting hard disk drives (HDDs) with patterns of ones and zeroes. It is based on overwriting the addressable memory locations in hard disk drives with ‘zeroes’ and ‘ones’ as the binary patterns. The standard defines the implementation of three secure overwriting passes with verification at the end of each Pass. Pass 1 involves overwriting with binary zeroes, Pass 2 with binary ones and Pass 3 with a random bit pattern. Read More
3 passes
DoD 5220.22-M ECE method was published by Department of Defense in the year 2001. This method involves 7 Passes or overwriting cycle. It runs DoD 5220.22-M twice and an extra pass (DoD 5220.22-M (C) Standard) in between. In addition to the DOD 5200-22-M (3pass), in this, the 4th Pass involves overwriting with binary zeroes, the 5th Pass with binary zeroes, the 6th pass with binary ones and the final 7th Pass involves overwriting with a random bit pattern, followed by final verification. Read More
7 passes
Department of Defense Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria, DoD 5200.28-STD, was issued in 1985, under the Security Requirements for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Systems or the DoD Directive 5200.28. The 7 Pass method first overwrites with 01010101. The second overwrite is performed with 10101010. This cycle is repeated three times in 6 Passes. The final 7th Pass involves overwriting with random characters.
7 passes
The GOST-R-50739-95 is a set of data erasure standards outlined by Russian State Technical Commission classification to protect against unauthorized access to information. This data sanitization algorithm is implemented with 2 Passes by overwriting with zeroes in Pass1 and random characters in Pass 2. GOST R 50739-95, however, does not specify a requirement for a "verification" pass after the information has been overwritten.
2 passes
The Schneier algorithm was developed by Bruce Schneier, as it appeared in his book Applied Cryptography in the year 1994. The process consists of seven Passes in which overwriting is done with ‘one’ and ‘zero’ in first 2 Passes and succeeded by 5 pseudo random Passes. The method differs from the US DoD and German VSITR in terms of its overwriting sequence during different Passes. Bruce Schneier algorithm is considered as one of the most secure and reliable method for data erasure.
7 passes
The process consists of seven Passes or overwriting cycles. This 7 Pass standard was released by The German Federal Office for IT Security in the year 2000. Each wipe, in the first 6 Passes, reverses the bit pattern of previous wipe. The final 7th Pass amplifies the overwriting effect. VSITR algorithm is widely considered to be a secure method of erasing data but requires a considerable time for execution.
7 passes
This algorithm is developed in 1996 by Peter Gutmann. The Peter Gutmann algorithm works by overwriting some pseudo-random values 35 times with 35 Passes or overwriting cycles. Gutmann algorithm uses random values for the first & last 4 passes, and it employs a complex pattern in the passes that lie in the range of 5 to 31. It is one of the most effective data erasure method, although very time consuming.
35 passes
The US Army AR 380-19 data erasure method is defined & published by the US Army in the Army Regulation 380-19 of 1998. This data erasure algorithm destroys the data in 3 passes with Pass 1 involving overwriting with random character, Pass 2 involving overwriting with specified character on the drive and final Pass 3 overwriting with the complement of specified character. Finally, verification of overwriting is done.
3 passes
This method is based on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization standard (NATO). With 7 Passes it overwrite a file 7 times. It is not as secure as the DoD-7 method as it only defines one random pass. It is yet considered secure for wiping general use files.
7 passes
The AFSSI-5020 was defined by the United States Air Force (USAF) in the Air Force System Security Instruction 5020 in the year 1996. This data sanitization method for permanent data erasure involves 3 Passes. The Pass 1 overwriting cycles overwrites with zeroes, Pass 2 overwrites with ones, and final Pass 3 overwrites with pseudo-random values but in a different order. It’s similar to the DoD 5220.22-M.
3 passes
The Pfitzner Method is developed by and named after Roy Pfitzner. According to Pfitzner, data might be able to be retrieved if it’s written only 20 times. It is a little complex algorithm with a 33-Pass option and an ability to run the entire program multiple times. Verification also occurs along the way, and like the Gutmann method, it uses a combination of random characters for each Pass. There are options for both a 7-Pass and 33-Pass program.
33 passes
The RCMP TSSIT OPS-II sanitization method was first defined in the Media Sanitation of the Technical Security Standards for Information Technology document, which was published by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the year 1997. This method involves 4 different Passes. The first three Passes involves an overwriting cycle of alternating ones and zeroes, which is then followed by overwriting with random characters on the fourth Pass and final verification in the last step.
4 passes
The HMG IS5 sanitization method was first defined in a sensitive information document published by the Communications Electronics Security Group as part of the National Cyber Security Centre. This data sanitization algorithm is used by the British government. British HMG IS5 (Baseline) incorporates overwriting with 1 Pass where it involves 1 overwriting cycle with zeroes. Finally, verification of the overwriting is done.
1 pass
British HMG IS5 (Enhanced) is another method of data sanitization as prescribed in the sensitive information document published by the Communications Electronics Security Group as part of the National Cyber Security Centre. It is a three pass overwriting algorithm, in which the first pass involves overwriting with zeroes, the second pass involves overwriting with ones and the last pass with random data along with verification. British HMG IS5 3 pass is much more enhanced than the baseline method.
3 passes
It is one of the fastest wiping scheme. It incorporates overwriting with 1 Pass where it involves 1 overwriting cycle with zeroes. Software-based overwriting with a stream of zeroes has been the simplest method of Permanent data erasure. By overwriting the data on the storage device, the data is rendered unrecoverable and achieves data sanitization.
1 pass
Speed of wiping with random characters is fast next to zeroes, as additional computations to generate randomness makes it a little slower. Data erasure in this scheme involves 1 Pass where overwriting is done with random characters. Software-based overwriting with a stream of random characters is yet another simple method of Permanent data erasure. By overwriting the data on the storage device, the data is rendered unrecoverable and achieves data sanitization.
1 pass
This data sanitization method was developed by the US Navy in the year 1993. It destroys the data in 3 passes with Pass 1 involving overwriting with a specified character, Pass 2 involving overwriting with the complement of the specified character on the drive and final Pass 3 overwriting with the random character. Finally, verification of the overwriting is done.
3 passes
The NCSC-TG-025 sanitization method was originally developed by US National Security Agency (NSA). In the year 2000, it was for the first time defined in the Forest Green Book, which was published by the National Computer Security Center (NCSC), then a part of United States NSA. It involves 3 Passes with verification at each write. Pass 1 involves overwrite of zeroes, Pass 2 overwrites with ones and Pass 3 involves overwrite with random character.
3 passes
Pseudo-Random and Zeroes method is a process of overwriting hard disk drives (HDDs) with patterns of random characters and zeros. It is based on overwriting the addressable memory locations in hard disk drives with ‘random characters’ and ‘ones’ as the binary patterns. The standard defines the implementation of two secure overwriting Passes. Pass 1 involves overwriting with random numbers, and Pass 2 with zeroes.
1 Passes
Random Random Zero method of data erasure is a process of overwriting media with patterns of random character and zeroes in 6 different Passes. The standard defines the implementation of six secure overwriting Passes. It is initiated by an overwriting of random characters over two different overwriting cycles or Passes. It is then succeeded by the third Pass which overwrites with ‘zeroes’. The same pattern is then repeated over the next successive three passes of overwriting with random, random and zero, making it a total of 6 Passes of overwriting.
1 Passes
This standard for data sanitization is created by Stellar. BitRaser Secure & SSD Erasure performs Secure Erasure, Crypto Erasure or Block Erasure on SSDs and HDDs based on method supported by drive. If the drive does not support any of the above mentioned erasure technologies, the standard will perform a 3 pass overwrite on the media.
1~3 passes
Stellar BitRaser also allows you to create your own algorithm, based on your defined writing pattern and number of passes that you would like to overwrite the pattern with.
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