How to Protect Your Organization Using Data Sanitization

When it comes to protecting your company’s private information, you probably have a complex system in place involving passwords, firewalls, and private networks. All of these measures are, of course, essential, but there is another aspect of information security that many organizations fail to take into account. Data sanitization (sometimes called data shredding or data destruction) is the last step in your company’s privacy plan, but no less impactful than the earlier, more widely-recognized parts. 

What Is Data Sanitization?

On the most fundamental level, data sanitization refers to the process of ensuring that all sensitive data is fully removed from unused computers before they are disposed of. Contrary to what some people believe, simply deleting files from a hard drive leaves information on the device that an experienced hacker can exploit to uncover your business’s data. 

When done correctly, data sanitization can play a vital role in your organization’s ESG policy. When it is ignored, however, your old computers can open the door for anyone looking to access your company’s information, rendering all of your other security measures moot. 

Data Sanitization Methods

Even when companies recognize the importance of data sanitization, improper data destruction processes can result in information still remaining accessible. There is no single correct way of clearing data, but there are a number of common methods that are considered effective. 

Physical Destruction

Perhaps the most basic form of data sanitization is literally destroying the hardware on which the information was stored. Hammers, drills, and presses can be used to completely demolish hard drives, making it impossible to access anything stored on them. 

IT Asset Disposition

IT asset disposition (ITAD) is the process of dismantling unused electronic devices to recycle, sell, or otherwise dispose of. ITAD professionals can remove all data-bearing parts of a computer to be destroyed, while the rest is recycled or sold on the ITAD market. This is not only more sustainable than simply throwing out your electronics, but it can also earn back money to offset the cost of new equipment.  

Data Center Decommissioning

In cases where extremely sensitive data is being disposed of, some companies turn to full data center decommissioning. In this process, all hardware in an entire information storage location is stripped and destroyed. This includes computers, servers, network equipment, and any other data-related equipment. 

Securing Your Company’s Data with First America

No matter which method of data sanitization is right for your company, choosing the right partner is essential. First America Metal Corporation is a leading provider of data destruction services, offering a wide range of IT disposal solutions designed to meet our clients’ unique needs in a safe and eco-friendly manner. 

We specialize in secure, innovative electronics recycling services for businesses that need to safely dispose of electronic scrap, high-temperature alloys, and non-ferrous scrap. Our level of expertise, unparalleled customer service, and aggressive pricing make First America the leading option for almost any recycling need.

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