A Critical Element of Total Data Destruction

Your computer disposal isn’t complete with simple e-waste recycling. To protect your company, customers and employees, you need to ensure that there is complete data hard drive destruction. That means you should consider degaussing every drive that’s contained or accessed your company data.

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.

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.

While degaussers were traditionally used for hard drive destruction, we can now achieve more. Securis is able to offer a complete, certified data destruction of high-coercivity tape such as DLT, SDLT, 3480’s and AIT.

There are two very important things to remember:

  • Hard drives that don’t work still contain their information and might put your company at risk if they are not degaussed before disposal.
  • Degaussing is the first step in full computer disposal and e-waste recycling. At Securis, we follow up degaussing with hard drive shredding to destroy it properly and then No Landfill recycling to improve your carbon footprint.

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Securis On-site and Off-Site Degaussing Service

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.

As part of our certified data destruction program, we can ensure you that hard drive are no longer re-usable after degaussing. The degaussing will not only remove your data and traditional hard drive formatting, but also the control/servo track information. Once a drive is degaussed, no more information can be recovered from it.

Why You Should Degauss Data

We believe that degaussing should be part of any computer disposal policy. It’s a fast and effective way to secure all of your information, whether you’re recycling the hard drive or donating older systems to charities.

It’s also a great way to stay compliant with and federal laws that govern your customer data. Avoid penalties, fines and even reduce the chance for litigation by ensuring that you’re properly disposing of all computers, parts and electronics.

Degaussing is strong enough to remove all of the data protections computers come with, so it’s the preferred method for complete, total hard drive destruction. Use the form to the right to learn more about all of our e-waste recycling capabilities and get a free, no-obligation quote for your hard drive destruction needs.

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