Data destruction is a process that securely eliminates information stored on hard drives and other data bearing equipment, rendering it completely unreadable and unrecoverable. Total data destruction can be achieved either by using software to wipe a storage device or physically dismantling and shredding it. Cobalt’s on-site destruction services employ a mobile shredding unit that instantly turns hard drives into pieces that can never be accessed or reassembled. Cobalt is the premier certified provider of secure data destruction for decommissioned electronics.
There are three data destruction options:
Clearing, Purging, and Destroying.
These are broad descriptors for different techniques used to render the target data on the media impossible to recover. These are the standards set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The NIST guidelines stress that no one method is superior to the others. All are recommended and secure measures for eliminating risks posed by stored data.
Information that has been eliminated by clearing cannot be retrieved by data, disk or file recovery utilities, as well as other keyboard (software-based) techniques used by data scavengers.
Purging is similar to clearing. The result is that the data is effectively wiped from the device in a way that prevents an attacker from reverting or recovering what was once there.
Many regard destroying as the most secure way of eliminating data. Not only is the information destroyed, the physical device is, too. Once destroyed, the device cannot be reused as originally intended.
The entirety of a computer is recyclable. Computers and their accessories contain many hazardous materials and components such as lead and batteries, so they must be responsibly destroyed to protect the environment and your brand.
Internal hard drives, external hard drives, flash drives, thumb drives, and all other electronic memory storage devices are recyclable. Don’t worry! Cobalt offers secure data destruction for all business electronics that may contain sensitive personal and business information. Our four-stage process guarantees your data is handled with all the necessary procedures, eliminating your liability and giving you peace of mind.
Most interior components of network equipment like servers, routers, switches, and modems contain sensitive data. Since Mercury is a neurotoxin, it shouldn’t simply be thrown in the trash. Cobalt can dismantle these end-of-life assets for your business and shred them properly.
Many states have banned cellphones and smartphones from landfills due to the toxins that are released into the environment during disintegration. LCD phone, tablet, and e-reader screens are extremely vulnerable and breakable. Research has shown that the liquid crystal and Indium negatively impact the environment. Telecomm equipment can be properly disassembled and destroyed at Cobalt.
Like cellphones and smartphones, many states have banned the disposal of tablets and laptops in landfills. Instead of letting your company’s old laptops take up space in a closet, have Cobalt inspect and gather them with our White Glove Service so we can properly recycle them.
We’re fully capable of recycling all variations of household and industrial printers, copiers, and scanners. This type of office equipment can all be dismantled and processed properly by Cobalt.
Many components of computer accessories are recyclable. Speakers, keyboards, and other accessories contain toxic substances like brominated flame retardant that aren’t permitted in landfills, for good reason. That specific substance prevents the equipment from overheating during the operating process, but in landfills, it seeps off and mixes into the soil. This has an incredibly negative impact on our environment.
Electrical wiring is considered recyclable scrap metal because of the interior copper. Phone charger cables, audio cords, and standard electrical wire are all recyclable at Cobalt
Many landfills don’t accept TVs and monitors due to the excessive amounts of lead. However, Cobalt accepts analog and digital TVs of all sizes for recycling. Short for “Cathode Ray Tube” monitor, CRT monitors have become obsolete. Each of these monitors contains four to eight pounds of lead, which could be very harmful to the environment if disposed of improperly. It’s time for your business to properly dispose of them at Cobalt.
Non-biodegradable memory modules like circuit boards contain sensitive information and must be disposed of properly. Through our data destruction and electronics recycling processes, Cobalt has the capability of separating these reusable and non-reusable parts.
Electronic medical records have added to health care practitioners’ patient privacy burden. Cobalt can securely destroy sensitive patient data stored by health care systems, in full compliance with HIPAA regulations. Powered medical devices like heart rate monitors, glucose pumps, physical therapy equipment, ultrasound equipment, and diagnostic imaging equipment represents a huge investment to any medical practice. Protect the environment from this kind of medical waste by recycling this your healthcare business equipment.
Cobalt is an R2 (Responsible Recycling) Certified electronics recycling facility. This is the industry’s leading certification – designed to help ensure the quality, environmental responsibility, and social responsibility of R2 Certified facilities. Start your business’s data destruction process today with a trusted Cobalt consultant.