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Engineering a new method for data destruction

Engineering a new method for data destruction

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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 methods are accompanied by certificates that will be required for an audit trail.

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,” she said.

“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 cell phones daily.”

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,” explained Vermaak.

“It destroys all types of data tape media, mobile phones, libraries and CD’s by shredding them into tiny pieces. This method offers high security, speed and cost effectiveness.”

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 cell phones and USB sticks, Xperien uses software erasure which eliminates data without physically destroying the asset’s value.

DestroyData software, based on Secure Erase, performs advance digital data elimination that allows the hard disk drive to be reused, making this method the most environmentally compliant.

“It offers a secure, efficient solution to assist customers in the prevention of data loss; safeguarding your company’s integrity,” said Vermaak.

DestroyData provides a simple software solution to digitally erase all types of hard disk drive.  The solution provides a fast, efficient process that is user friendly and generates reports and audit trails for the end user.

Vermaak says Xperien has chosen DestroyData software due to its ability to provide an erasure report, support multiple device platforms and erase multiple devices at one time.

“Certified data erasure is a practical choice for businesses who want to secure their data without a time consuming manual process,” said Vermaak.

“By conforming to technology standards and UK government certifications, this software – together with our experienced team – are able to provide you with peace of mind.

“In saying so, we guarantee no data will be left behind prior to reassignment, resale or retirement of the device.”

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