One of the many benefits of modern technologies is the fact that some of these tools can be utilized to safely destroy data that is no longer needed — including sensitive information that can be used to cause damage to a person or organization. A degausser is one such machine. Let’s look closely at how a degausser works and what types of materials it can destroy.
What Can Be Degaussed?
Nearly every media device that contains a hard drive (or some form of storage mechanism) can be degaussed. This includes cassettes, VHS tapes, DLT, and LTO tapes, floppy disks, zip drives and access cards with magnetic strips, among other devices. Nevertheless, compact disks and other optical storage objects generally cannot be degaussed.
The Degaussing Process
The degaussing process offers an additional layer of protection against the possibility of another entity illegally obtaining access to your data. A degausser disrupts and eliminates magnetic fields that are stored on electronic devices and then removes information from them. In just a few seconds, a magnetic field becomes applied to small areas named Weiss domains. During the data writing stage, this field forms a verse that decides the orientation of how some of these Weiss domains are magnetized.
These verses are assigned “bit values” of either 0 or 1. Once the Weiss domains become magnetized to face the same direction, the data pattern is randomized and the information is completely erased and thus cannot be recovered. Degaussing equipment typically has an Oersted (Oe) rating, which indicates the strength of a degausser. Oersted is the measurement used for a magnetic field in a vacuum.
After A Degaussing
Several of these devices that are degaussed, especially VHS cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes, can often still serve a purpose following a degaussing. A notable drawback of these types of media devices, however, is that they generally require significant upkeep because they are so outdated. These devices also have significantly more limited storage capacity than newer objects. If you choose to degauss a hard drive on your personal computer or laptop, on the other hand, these cannot be reused after a degaussing.
Who Should Acquire Degaussing Services?
Virtually anyone who is seeking to properly destroy credit cards or personal information stored on a device can and should acquire degaussing services. If you have any reason to believe that certain data can be utilized to harm you or your organization (including your clients), then you will strongly benefit from acquiring degaussing services. If you work for a government agency and need to destroy classified or “top-secret” data (e.g. information related to national security issues), then you will likely need to abide by strict disposal standards and procedures for degaussing anything.
Degaussing services can also be incredibly useful if you work for a healthcare organization that stores patients’ personal information, or if you work in the financial services industry and keep records of clients’ taxes, employment history, and income. According to Cisco’s 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study, 59% of organizations surveyed stated they are currently meeting all General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. In total, 3,200 security professionals in 18 countries participated in this survey, which also revealed that 42% of organization leaders cited security (including internal security training) as the greatest challenge to GDPR compliance.
Speak To A Professional Data Destruction Company
Reach out to the experts at e-End in Frederic, Maryland for more information on the degaussing process. We are one of the most respected companies in the Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania regions due to the fact that we have achieved NAID’s AAA requirements in specialized destruction services such as hard drives and SSDs, optical, film, and all other non-paper media destruction. Only three other organizations in the world have successfully accomplished this.
At e-End, we cover a large range of recycling and data destruction services, including secure data destruction, equipment, and device destruction, and IT asset disposition (ITAD). We are validated by the highest electronic certifications, so you can ensure that you always remain compliant with SOX, FACTA, GLB, FISMA, COP, and HIPAA.
Our degaussing and data sanitization services destroy 100% of data on hard disk drives (HDD). We are certified to sanitize all magnetic storage media, including open-reel tapes, cartridge tapes, cassettes, floppy disks, hard disk drives, access cards, and zip drives. We use two different types of degaussers that are listed on the NSA Evaluated Product List (ELP) approved equipment. If you need large amounts of data destroyed, we can position our destruction vehicles up to your loading dock or building and begin degaussing once we arrive. Call e-End today at (240) 529-1010 or contact us online to learn more about our degaussing services.