Although these machines may have been wiped using software designed to destroy data digitally, the best way to be sure a hard drive won’t fall into the wrong hands is through destruction. And, that’s where drive shredding comes into play.
When shopping around for a computer recycler, here are some guidelines for choosing a service that’s right for your business:
Proof of background checks, security controls
Reputable data security businesses love to talk about their own security measures, in part because they’ve spent so much energy and time to put them into place.
Relevant industry certifications
Look for industry certifications, such as the ISO 14001:2004, R2, and e-Stewards, which means that the company is adept at environmental management when it comes to digital waste and fully accountable for every pound of equipment that comes into their building.
Open Door Policy
Your vendor should welcome customer visits. If your vendor doesn’t allow you to see the shredding take place, quickly choose a new vendor.
Able to shred all types of drives
When it comes to deciding what drives should be destroyed, many companies neglect to include some important drives because they aren’t located in laptops or desktops. Most notable, drives within photocopiers can’t be ignored, because these drives often hold digital images of everything that’s been copied during the copier’s lifetime.
Provide proof of destruction
In some industries, such as banking and health care, regulations dictate that companies need to keep records pertaining to how, when and by what method the data are destroyed. A reputable shredding company can provide written proof tailored to these regulatory mandates.
Read more about AnythingIT’s data destruction HERE.