July 12, 2018
With the way technology and security threats have advanced over the years, many organisations are using hard drives to store important and confidential data. While using an external hard drive for data storage does reduce the risks of unauthorised access to your data via your organisation’s network, these devices come with their own risks as well, particularly when no longer needed. It is important to understand and mitigate those risks, especially when it comes to the disposal of hard drives that are no longer needed. What happens to your old technology could have serious consequences for your business and your reputation, and could leave you vulnerable to criminal elements or fines.
Unfortunately, many businesses aren't aware of how to destroy a hard drive securely. The most common ways that organisations dispose of their hard drives leave them exposed to the risk of data breaches that could potentially cost millions in damages, fines and lost business.Here are 3 ways businesses are putting their electronic data at risk:
Throwing Away Old Hard Drives
Encrypting Hard Drives (Before Throwing Them Away)
Deleting Data off the Hard Drives
What Should You Do Instead?
The only way to ensure that a data breach does not occur when disposing of old hard drives is to physically destroy the hard drive. This minimises the chances of a data breach tremendously, ensuring that even if a hacker were to gain access to the physical device, it would not be in one piece and information recovery would be impossible. There are many ways to destroy a hard drive but the best way would be to partner with an organisation that specialises in data destruction and provides a certificate of secure destruction for your devices.
Destroying your hard drives is just one step in ensuring a data breach does not affect your organisation. You should also destroy your unwanted documents through shredding, thereby protecting your data and making sure it does not end up in the wrong hands.