Methods for Data Sanitisation 5 Mar 2021
Data sanitisation is a crucial consideration for all businesses, regardless of their industry sector. In order to maintain your reputable brand name and image, it is necessary for your company to take steps to ensure any data that is no longer required is removed and destroyed safely.
Read on to find out what data sanitisation is and why it is so essential for a business to dedicate time towards sanitising all of their unwanted data.
What is Data Sanitisation?
Data sanitisation is an indispensable step when your device comes to the end of its life, is recycled or needs to be redeployed to another department. The process involves removing, deleting and destroying data that has previously been stored on a memory device in a hard copy form, such as a computer hard drive, flash memory or SSD card, mobile devices, CDs and DVDs.
Many have been caught out before by data breeches when a hard drive, laptop or company mobile phone has been moved on without the correct forms of data sanitisation being carried out.
Unfortunately, it is not enough to move old files to your computer’s recycling bin and restore factory settings. Data leaves an imprint in a memory device, meaning a shadow is left behind, despite the data being deleted off the device. From this shadow of data, a hacker with various tools will be able to retrieve your business’s files, gaining access to all manners of confidential information and compromising your business’s reputation.
Even if your hard drive is completely reformatted, talented professionals can still find a way to recreate and access your deleted data. Therefore, it is paramount that businesses use a specific data sanitisation program so they can be 100% sure their data has been removed and destroyed entirely.
For more information, read our blog on ‘The Difference Between Deletion and Data Wiping.’
Finding the Optimal Sanitisation Route
There are a few particulars your company can look out for which will guarantee the standard of your data sanitisation program and software. The U.S. Department of Defence (USDoD) has a specific set of guidelines that have been put together to guarantee a complete data sanitisation. Similarly, the National Cyber Security Centre has done the same.
Following their advice will allow your business to repurpose and recycle your old IT assets, as well as mobile phones and your business can rest assured that all your deleted data is untraceable. Despite optimal sanitisation requiring longer to carry out than a simple factory restore, we cannot stress how necessary it is for all businesses to set this additional time aside. Taking these steps now will avoid your company an expensive lawsuit in the future, not to mention much time it would take to build up your clients, and customers trust again after a data breach.
There are various ways you can erase data from a computer; however, the USDoD strongly recommends using a specialised computer program. These programs can guarantee to a level of surety that your information cannot be recreated.
Here at Global EMEA, we have partnered with WhiteCanyon Software, a leading security software provider that employs permanent deletion technology to prevent identity theft. WhiteCanyon Software provides market-leading programs that are designed to wipe all your hard drives data to a 100% guarantee.
The WipeDrive software completely erases your data using military-grade wiping technology. WipeDrive overwrites your data multiple times using the Department of Defence (DOD) approved wipe patterns, which are guaranteed to make any data on a hard drive completely and utterly unrecoverable. It is, therefore, a socially responsible way of guaranteeing your business’s data sanitisation is successful.
For the latest edition of WipeDrive, and to find out more information, contact one of our sales representatives directly on 0345 340 3105. Alternatively, you can request a trial on our website today. Our team is always on standby to help get your wipe underway.