Hard Drive Destruction is a common issue small and large companies always have a hard time doing it right. Most companies don't know where to start when it comes to Hard Drive Destruction Services. We wanted to share some tips on what you should expect from your ITAD partner when having to destroy your Company's Hard Drives.
Listen to the Experts on Hard Drive Destruction Services
There are many opinions all over the internet on what to do with your old hard drives and storage devices. Some of these devices keep data at rest in places management is not even aware of.
1. Hard Drive Destruction should never be a DIY Project.
No business should take a do-it-yourself approach when it comes to making sure they correctly wiped a hard drive. Not only are there are concerns regarding data exposure or still on the hard drive, but there are EPA and other environmental laws that a company or individual might be held accountable for if the hard drive was improperly disposed and left to harm the environment.
2. Reach out to a Data Security and ITAD Expert for Your Hard Drive Disposal
Not only will an ITAD expert give you peace of mind and make sure the hard drive destruction is done correctly, but they can also:
- Get it done in less time
- Create the needed documentation in regards to the environment and IT Security Compliance and IT Governance
- It will always be more cost-effective
- They will also make your business and organization more secure.
3. Ask many Questions regarding the Hard Drive Destruction Services
When deciding to identify an ITAD partner to destroy your Hard Drives, make sure you ask yourself questions on the complete process.
Who is in custody of my hard drives until they are fully destroyed?
It's important that sensitive information and your computer hard drives on an old device are treated with the same level of security than a new device with sensitive data. There are many stories of hard drives or equipment not making it to its final resting space and fully destroyed because the vendor managing the hard drives and devices did not have the proper security procedures to mitigate any possible risk of the data being exposed. Brass Valley also tracks the drives from shredding down to ball mill grinders which take the shreds down to a powder consistency for final compliance. We have vehicles that are equipped with industry standard security features including GPS tracking. Our transportation personnel are also fully vetted and have a series of checklists they need to follow to ensure the security of our client's information.
Will the Hard Drive have all the Data Permanently Deleted?
Each Hard Drive we Decommission and Destroy is processed in a shredder. The shredder works by using a sharp cutting mechanism inside the chamber to crush the particles while shredding your media devices into small particles. With this cut and crush combination, you can be assured that your hard drives, solid state drives, phones, tablets, and other media devices will effectively destroy the data that was stored in them.
Will I get a Certificate of Destruction?
Yes, every hard drive destruction project should give it's client a Certificate of Destruction to comply with multiple Data Privacy Laws and overall IT Governance. Brass Valley provides a secure and valid chain-of-custody as proof that the data was destroyed, confirming the industry guidelines and laws where followed.
We do this by recording serial numbers of each hard drive and issuing a Certificate of Destruction.
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