Without Degaussing, Data Devices Can Still Reveal Sensitive Data—Even After Being Shredded
The news continues to be filled with security breaches. From the Target data breach that exposed millions of people’s financial information to the wide-spread Heart
According to a recent article on Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg employees in New York, Princeton and Washington, D.C. brought in old TVs, monitors, laptops, printers, phones, gaming
Degaussing is the process of totally erasing data by reducing or eliminating an unwanted magnetic field (information) stored on tape and disk media. A degausser is a machine that changes the magnetic domain (where the data is stored) of magnetic data storage devices.
Degaussing is the only 100% reliable way to sanitize and destroy data and is the method of choice for the CIA, FBI and NSA when it comes to ensuring the permanent destruction of sensitive data.
When the degausser is applied to magnetic domains the information is scrambled into random patterns, making the data stored in the magnetic domain unreadable. The correct use of a the appropriate degausser will ensure that information is no longer retrievable.
Securis provides both on-site and off-site hard drive, backup LTO and DLT tape degaussing services. Our NSA approved LM4 degausser is used for optimum data destruction. Our hard drive and tape degaussing service options are fully compliant with all National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication Series 800-88 and National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Operating Manual (DOD 5220.22-M). Our degausser is re-certified annually by the manufacturer