Secure Disposal of Electronic Media

Now that we have considered securing the data, the next step is to consider what we need to do when it is time to dispose of the data or the storage devices we used to store the data on. The following sections discuss how to ensure that the devices are disposed of in a manner appropriate to the type of data and the type of device.

Secure Shredding, Degaussing, and Sanitizing

Various processes and methods are in place to permit the destruction of data and media in our IT storage media, including shredding, degaussing, and sanitizing. The most important factor in deciding which is appropriate is again based on the organization’s risk and mitigation policies. The overall goal is to prevent unauthorized access ...

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