Oftentimes businesses and their employees think that if they simply delete their confidential electronic files, reformat or restore their devices to original settings, or recycle them, that no one will have access to them. It’s even seen on TV and in the movies where people will use a strong magnet to clear devices. But does any of this actually work? Is the information still on the device and accessible? And if so, what’s the best way to protect your information from a breach?hard drive.png

Electronic files can contain confidential information that if accessed by the wrong people can put you and your business at risk. A data breach can be damaging to your business in many different ways. Heavy fines can also be charged in the event of a data breach. The Ponemon Institute recently released an updated study on the cost of a data breach. It is extremely important for you to be knowledgeable about proper hard drive destruction, and to implement safe procedures at your workplace for disposing of confidential information.

 

Let’s start with the WRONG ways to dispose of your old hard drives…


So, now that you know what NOT to do, you are probably wondering what you
SHOULD do! What is the proper and safe way of disposing of old hard drives?

Hire a AAA NAID certified information management company. This is the most effective way to ensure that the information is destroyed and not accessed by anyone that is not authorized to view it. Hard drive destruction is not something to take lightly. Talk to your information management specialists and set up a regular schedule for the destruction of old hard drives (and other electronic devices). Ask for a certificate of destruction for your compliance records.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Your old hard drive isn’t safe unless it’s properly destroyed.