How do you control uncontrolled data?

January 15, 2020 by Janine Young


Data at end-of-life is a massive challenge for most companies, especially as the volume of data keeps growing fast, partly as a result of legislation such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The real problem shows up at the end of the hardware’s lifetime, since the owner of the information is legally responsible to protect and permanently delete or physically destroy all personal, proprietary and confidential information.

There are heaps of hard drives and Solid-State Drives lying around storage rooms and data centres and most of them contain sensitive data which needs to be protected or permanently removed – or it could be put the company at risk. As a rule, erasure is the best solution. Erasure is the software-based method of securely overwriting data from any data storage device. By overwriting the data on the storage device, the data is rendered unrecoverable and achieves data sanitisation. Data erasure offers better control than other forms of data sanitisation, largely due to the validation process that ensures the data was successfully overwritten and the auditable reporting is readily available.

Physically shredding SSDs, on the other hand, is a challenge. Typically, a shred width of 10mm or smaller is needed to break through the small memory chips and securely remove the data, but most industrial shredders can only shred into 20mm particles – leaving lots of information behind. Physical destruction can also be harmful to the environment considering the shredded assets that are left behind.

With erasure, you can rest assured the data is permanently gone.

With data erasure, businesses can achieve error-free, certified erasure reporting with a 100 percent verifiable audit trail. At the same time, reusing your assets saves you money and adds an important environmental benefit.