For decades, improper electronic media disposal has caused problems for businesses and people. Digital information is one of the most valuable assets and the most frequently targeted data in any security incident.
Personal information about workers and customers, as well as vital operational and financial papers, can provide a big return to a hacker or competitor—and put you out of business.
One of the most serious mistakes a firm can do is to dispose of electronic media (hard drives, CDs. USB drives, and other devices) without properly erasing the data held on the equipment. It’s obvious that computers and external hard drives may retain important data even after you erase it, but did you realize that your e-media can also save readily retrievable data?
What Exactly Is the Meaning of Electronic Media Destruction?
Electronic media destruction refers to the techniques employed by shredding companies and product destruction companies to ensure that your data is completely unreadable and the drive is securely destroyed. Here are some examples of electronic media:
- Hard disc drives
- Tape backups
- USB flash drives
- Cards for banking
- Data storage tapes and cassettes
You can shred your media to reduce the likelihood of a data breach, but there are other actions your firm can take to ensure your data is unusable to anybody before it is destroyed.
Erasing or Overwriting Data
The first stage in the procedure is to use software to erase your data in order to clean or wipe a hard disc. Data erasure fully eliminates all electronic data on a hard disc or digital device by overwriting it.
This sort of malware disables the ability to retrieve data using regular operating system commands and procedures, as well as traditional recovery methods, by putting useless data patterns into each sector of the hard drive.
Using this programme before sending electronic media to be degaussed or destroyed assures that no essential company information is carried off-site and removes the danger of unauthorized personnel gaining access to the drive.
A-1 Shredding Arizona – Electronic Media Destruction Service
The electronic media destruction service provided by A-1 Shredding adheres to the same principles and security standards as our normal shredding service. One of our licensed technicians will come to your home or business and collect the electronic materials you’ve selected for shredding. The electronic media will be fully crushed and destroyed, rendering the information they contain unrecoverable. As with all of our shredding services, you’ll receive a Certificate of Destruction at the end of the appointment, which will provide you with an exact record of what was destroyed.
Following the crushing or shredding of your old electronics, the bits are meticulously separated into distinct material categories, such as different sorts of metal. The parts are separated and then shipped to be processed further, which includes the removal of precious metals and reusable components. These raw materials are subsequently recycled into the manufacturing process.
Give A-1 Shredding Arizona a Call!
If you have an electronic media device and are unsure whether it can be shredded, give us a call! Our crew will be able to tell you whether or not we accept the material, and if we do, they will work with you to find a convenient time for the shredding.
Contact us today to learn more and get a quote!