In today’s world, we benefit from rapid access to large amounts of information from various online sources. Although electronic data can be extremely useful, it can also become easily compromised – especially personal information such as email addresses, credit card numbers and social security numbers. Fortunately, there is one type of service that can help individuals and organizations safely get rid of information they no longer need: electronic data destruction services. Here is a close look at what these services entail.
What Is Electronic Data Destruction?
Electronic data destruction is the process of destroying information stored on tapes, hard drives, and other types of electronic devices so that it is entirely unreadable and unrecoverable. This is different from electronic data sanitization, which is the same process yet includes verification of the destruction process. (In any case, unverified electronic data destruction can make your information vulnerable to breaches and other cyberattacks.) Electronic data destruction is also substantially different from simply deleting a file or reformatting a hard drive.
What Does It Mean For Electronic Data Destruction Services To Be Onsite?
As the name suggests, onsite electronic data destruction services are performed at a client’s facility, whether it is an office or a house. Onsite services are convenient because they allow you the opportunity to view the electronic data destruction process firsthand. Most professional electronic data destruction and electronic recycling companies have vehicles and equipment that are designed to pull up to any location and begin the process immediately.
Types Of Onsite Electronic Data Destruction
Although there are several different ways of destroying data, here we will focus on two: shredding and degaussing. Here is a close look at both of these methods.
Degaussing is a form of electronic data destruction that involves reducing or erasing an undesired magnetic field on a media device. It is performed using a machine known as a degausser, which alters a device’s magnetic domain by randomizing the data patterns. All magnetic devices possess a magnetic property known as coercivity, this is measured using units called oersteds (Oe). Essentially, oersteds are an indication of how difficult it is to erase data on a device. The higher the coercivity rating, the more advanced the degausser you need.
According to research firm MarketsandMarkets, the degaussing system market was estimated to be valued at $809.7 million in 2018 and is expected to reach $981.2 million by 2023, which would represent a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.92%. Certain degaussers are approved by the National Security Agency, (NSA) while others are not.
Shredding is a process that consists of physically destroying hard drives and other similar media until the data they store is unrecoverable. Ideally, this is done using low-speed, high-torque shredders. Shredders can destroy hard drives until they are minuscule particles. Similarly to onsite degaussing, onsite shredding is beneficial because you can specify your desired shred output size based on your security policy. If you are unsure about this, your chosen data destruction company can recommend a size for you.
Regardless of which of these two methods a company chooses to destroy your data, they can do so securely and provide you with a certificate of electronic data destruction. A professional electronic data destruction company will also carry out its services in a way that causes minimal harm to the environment, given that the metal components of many electronics can release dangerous toxins when improperly discarded. If you have concerns about any aspect of an onsite electronic data destruction service, you can raise them right then and there, as opposed to asking questions and attempting to resolve an issue after the fact.
Consider Onsite Electronic Data Destruction Services With e-End
Reach out to the professionals at e-End in Frederick, Maryland for more information on onsite electronic data destruction services and its benefits. We are one of the most respected companies 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, which only six other organizations in the world have successfully done. We offer a wide range of electronic recycling and data destruction services, including IT Asset Disposition (ITAD).
If you are seeking to destroy data, e-End is the company to contact. We provide several different types of onsite data destruction services, including degaussing and shredding. We have experience destroying devices such as hard drives, SSDs, open-reel tapes, and zip drives. With onsite services, you can observe the process firsthand and ask any questions you may have on-the-spot. Our vehicles and equipment are designed to pull up to any client’s location and begin destroying data immediately.