Information theft is becoming a major concern for business and government departments of all sizes. As hackers and information thieves become smarter, technology needs to evolve at an even faster rate to stay one step ahead of wrongdoers. But more importantly, businesses need to be aware that information stored on hard drives can be a major source of risk, and that on-site hard drive shredding services can alleviate that risk.
All Green Recycling utilizes the latest in industry standard hard drive destruction equipment, allowing us to provide a hard drive shredding service that is completely mobile. While many of our customers choose to drop off their unwanted IT assets at our facilities or arrange for a one-off or regularly scheduled pickup, we also proudly offer on-site hard drive shredding which serves a specific need in the industry.
The Process of On-Site Hard Drive Shredding
On-site hard drive shredding provides the absolute highest level of security, since your hard drives and other IT media never leave your premises. Our shredders and other hard drive destruction equipment arrive at your premises at a time and on a day that suits you and are operated by service technicians that have gone through the highest level of security clearances.
Our mobile hard drive destruction methods allow for a variety of data storage media to be shredded and destroyed on your premises. In addition to on-site hard drive shredding, our highly trained service technicians can perform degaussing services, disassembly, scanning, and other necessary functions on a comprehensive range of IT assets.
Summary of Benefits
- Work with A Data Destruction Industry Leader
- Chain of Custody Documentation and Serial Number Reporting
- 24/7 Traceability for All Your Assets
- State Of The Art Technology and Capabilities
- Environmental Friendly Hard Drive Destruction Process
- Fast, Efficient, And Affordable Hard Drive Destruction
- Eliminating Opbeta portunities for Misuse or Theft
- Documented Process of Destruction
- On-Site Data Destruction at Your Premises
- Witnessed Destruction
- Remove Liability for Unused or Obsolete Media
- Certificates of Destruction Issued for Your Records
- Maintaining Compliance with State and Federal Laws Including HIPAA and FACTA
- Meets Government Standards for Data Sanitization
- 100% Guaranteed Data Destruction
- Reduce the Risk of Data Leakage Fines
- Government Compliant Hard Drive Destruction Equipment
- Clear Out Storage Space
Certificate of Destruction
All Green Recycling provide a mandatory Certificate of Destruction once your on-site hard drive shredding task has been completed. This certificate ensures they you are completely dissolved of any responsibility for the hard drive or other media that has been destroyed, ensuring your full compliance with state and federal privacy laws including FACTAA and HIPAA.
Types of Media Destroyed by On-Site Shredding
On-site hard drive shredding does not only apply to PC and laptop hard drives. After all, hard drives are also commonly found in cell phones, photocopiers, printers, and a range of external storage devices.
We offer a mobile hard drive shredding service that will completely eradicate all data from a huge range of media and IT assets.
- CDs and DVDs
- Video Cassettes
- Flash Drives
- Hard Drives
- Floppy Disks
- CCTV Video Tapes
- Memory Sticks
- USB Drives
- External Hard Drives
- ID Badges
- Spinning Disc Drives
- Damaged Hard Drives
- Solid State Drives
- Back Up Tapes
- Portable Storage Devices
Stolen Hard Drive Affects 1 Million People
Healthcare IT News reported that a hard drive was stolen from Washington State University in April 2017, with university staff then being tasked with the enormous job of contacting the estimated 1 million people who have potentially been affected by the data breach.
The hard drive, which contained backup research files of the universities multi-year studies, was contained in a locked safe that was stolen in April. Given the sheer number of records that were stolen, the University has established a dedicated call center to field the queries from those affected, and is also offering one year of free credit monitoring to eligible people.
The total cost to the University of the data breach will not be known for some time. The incident serves as a timely reminder of the importance of shredding unused hard drives, and the cost that can potentially follow from a data breach, no matter how inadvertent.
Do You Understand How to Properly Sanitize a Hard Drive?
Beta News reported on a worldwide survey of 300 professionals in the IT field, which provided eye-opening insights into IT personnels’ knowledge of proper methods to sanitize a hard drive.
When asked to identify the correct definition of data sanitation from four possible choices, an alarming 64% of respondents chose an incorrect answer. The research showed that effective methods for sanitizing hard drives and other IT assets are not understood, nor are they routinely carried out.
Encryption and Reformatting Are No Match for On-Site Hard Drive Shredding
The worldwide survey showed that many IT professionals still believe that erasing information from a hard drive is sufficient to properly sanitize the device. Unfortunately, data that has simply been erased from a hard drive or other device can still be accessed by anyone with sufficient IT knowledge.
The only way that data can be permanently and completely eradicated from a hard drive or other device is with a hard drive shredding service.
The survey showed an over-reliance on hard drive reformatting and data encryption to prevent the loss of data following a potential theft of a hard drive. It has long been held that hard drive reformatting and data encryption are not sufficient methods to properly sanitize a hard drive. In another study, Beta News purchased 200 used hard drives and solid-state drives from Craigslist and eBay. Of the 200 drives, 67% contained personally identifiable information, with 11% containing sensitive corporate data.
Hard Drive Serial Numbers Are Your Security
When All Green Recycling carries out on-site hard drive shredding services, we take hard drive serial numbers seriously. A complete audit trail is provided, and we meticulously match hard drive serial numbers to a pre-supplied list, with the verified serial numbers incorporated into your mandatory Certificate of Destruction and the asset register.
On-site hard drive destruction is the only method whereby you can witness and monitor the entire hard drive destruction process yourself, completely alleviating any chain of custody issues that may otherwise have occurred.
To find out more about how All Green Recycling can guarantee the complete destruction of your hard drives and other IT assets, contact us today.