Degaussing is a sophisticated method used to safely destroy data that you no longer need. In today’s fast-paced, high-tech world, it is especially important to get rid of sensitive information in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. The tool utilized to complete this process is known as a “degausser”. A degausser is a machine that can generate a magnetic field to disrupt and eliminate other magnetic fields stored on tapes and disk media, removing data from devices like your hard drives.
The measurement unit used to evaluate the coercivity (intensity) generated by a degausser’s magnetic field is called the “oersted (Oe).” Sometimes, the unit used is also called “gauss” (G), which measures the magnetic flux density. Hard drive degaussers, for example, can come in different formats, including wands, drawers, and top drops. These machines disrupt magnetic fields by randomizing data patterns.
Top Benefits Of Degaussing Services:
It can be significantly more beneficial for you to enlist degaussing services rather than attempt to destroy data entirely on your own.
Data Is Completely Destroyed & Irretrievable
After a degausser is used for data destruction, the information contained on the electronic device in question (hard drive, floppy disk, open reel tape, zip drive, etc.) can no longer be retrieved. This fact alone can give you significant peace of mind following a degaussing. Given this fact, it is critical for you to be absolutely certain which data you wish to get rid of.
On-Site Degaussing Means No Third-Party Involvement
If degaussing services are performed at your work facility, no third-party entities need to be involved in the process. Many people often prefer this because communication and coordination can sometimes become more difficult when more parties are involved. Consequently, certain procedures can become prolonged. On-site degaussing also allows you to obtain a firsthand look at exactly how the process is conducted and to make sure that the individuals performing the degaussing are destroying the correct devices.
Meet Compliance Regulations & Standards
The final reason why degaussing services are beneficial relates to the fact that they are intended to adhere to federal compliance regulations and standards for how to properly destroy and sanitize data. Examples of such regulations include SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley), FISMA (Federal Information Security Modernization Act), and COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). Be sure to remain constantly informed about updates to these laws (and to regulations specific to your state, if any exist), as you may incur steep fines and other penalties for failing to comply with them.
It’s also important to note that some of these laws also list requirements that are specific to certain industries that handle particularly sensitive data (e.g. financial services, government agencies, etc.). The National Security Agency also has a specific list of approved degaussers, so be sure to check this information as well. The NSA also requires a magnetic flux density (gauss) that is three times greater than the magnetic field coercivity (as measured in oersteds). One other notable benefit of degaussing services is the fact that they are generally more eco-friendly than other data destruction methods.
Speak To An Experienced Degaussing Company
Reach out to the experienced professionals at e-End in Frederick, Maryland for more information on the benefits of acquiring degaussing services. We are one of the most respected organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region due to the fact that we have achieved the National Association for Information Destruction’s (NAID®) AAA Certification for specialized data destruction services such as hard drives, optical, film, and all other forms of non-paper media destruction. We cover a wide range of services, including electronic recycling, secure data destruction, equipment and device destruction, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD), and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). We are also validated by the highest electronic certifications so that you can ensure you remain compliant with regulations such as SOX, FISMA, FACTA, GLB, COPPA, and HIPAA.
At e-End, we always strive to provide our customers with top-quality solutions while ensuring that our work protects the environment. We have experience degaussing several different types of magnetic media, including hard drives, open reel tapes, floppy disks, access cards, zip drives, and SSDs, among other devices. We also provide both on-site and off-site degaussing services, and you can rest assured that we will always follow proper protocols and verify that all of your devices and equipment are treated with the utmost care and security. We use two different types of degaussers, both of which are NSA-approved. Call e-End today at 240-713-5855 or contact us online to learn more about our degaussing services.