A new method for data destruction

July 2019 News, Security Services & Risk Management

Xperien is now able to professionally erase data on retired IT assets in compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA). It offers safe and secure data destruction services and all its data destruction methods are accompanied by certificates that will be required for an audit trail.

It is often assumed that once data has been marked for disposal, it no longer requires much attention. However, it is essential for data security and the protection of personal, proprietary and confidential information that data is permanently destroyed, deleted or erased from devices.

Xperien senior business development manager Bridgette Vermaak says data at end-of-life has now become a huge challenge for most companies, especially with uncontrolled data growth that has resulted in new corporate policies for data storage and retention. “This is largely as a result of new global legislations and regulations.

“Our technicians are able to perform onsite destruction of hard drives and devices using physical destruction. Our mobile shredders are able to handle 300 hard drives or cellphones daily,” she explains.

Degaussing is a process that uses a magnetic charge to eliminate data and it also destroys other components of the hard disk drive – ensuring double protection. Degaussed drives can then be recycled.

“For offsite hard drive destruction we use physical shredding to destroy large quantities of hard drives and devices. It destroys all types of data tape media, mobile phones, libraries and CDs by shredding them into tiny pieces.”

Xperien provides secure lockable strongboxes that can be used to collect hard drives, mobile phones and other devices prior to arrival onsite. These can be used for a destruction or a collection for offsite destruction. To recover value from hard drives and devices with SSD data storage, mainly cellphones and USB sticks, Xperien uses software erasure which eliminates data without physically destroying the asset’s value.

For more information contact Xperien, +27 11 462 8806, bridgette@xperien.co.za, www.xperien.com




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