What is Data Destruction?
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.
How Does Data Get Destroyed?
There are basically three options: clear, purge, and destroy.
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.
Clearing: 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: Purging is essentially the same as 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.
Destroying: 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.
Cobalt offers much more than on-site hard drive data destruction.
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