Data destruction is a hot topic of late, as organizations of all shapes and sizes are working to develop policies and practices to make sure they protect their best interests and comply with industry regulations.
When considering the best way to destroy some of your data, it should first be mentioned that it’s important to develop clear and concise rules and regulations for data storage and destruction within your organization. Failing to do so can be dangerous on many levels in today’s world.
Types of Data Destruction
There are a few forms of data destruction that are currently used including shredding, degaussing, and incineration.
Shredding and incineration result in the total destruction of a tape or disk, while degaussing sees the magnetic field of a tape reversed. Degaussing a data storage tape paves the way for a tape to be reused again.
There is absolutely no reason an organization shouldn't consider recycling used data storage tapes. Not only is it a highly SECURE process but its environmentally responsible, highly auditable and it will also put money back into your pocket.
At Big Data Supply, we offer top dollar for used tape cartridges. Instead of perfectly good tape being destroyed, we degauss them and give them a second life. This is not only lucrative for those who sell tapes, it’s also a great deal for those who can save money by investing in recycled tapes.
The Art of Meeting Industry Regulations
Leading regulatory bodies including HIPAA, SOX, Sarbane Oxley, and the SEC take the maintaining of data very seriously. As you build and grow your data storage environment, you must deeply consider the rules and regulations that are set forth by regulatory bodies.
We work daily with organizations seeking to understand how to meet industry regulations for data destruction. Have a question? We would be happy to help!
Never Throw a Single Data Storage Tape in a Dumpster
One of the worst things you can do is throw a tape or disk into a dumpster. There are countless stories of data being stolen from the trash or organizations being fined by regulatory bodies for the incorrect disposal of data. Our data tape recycling process can include volser and serial number scanning and complete chain-of-custody reporting.
Have questions about data destruction? We’d be happy to help. Please either call or e-mail us, and we’ll get you on the right track.
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