Many asset management companies offer data-destruction certificates, but the industry currently has no certifying authority. Paper data-destruction certificates are not proof that appropriate data-destruction methods have been followed. Only digital data-sanitation reports offer auditable proof, companies still need to confirm compliance with governmental guidelines for secure data destruction.
What is a digital data-destruction certificate?
Digital data-destruction certificates are produced once the data-wiping process is complete. Special software tracks and records data wiping automatically. When the job is complete, it saves the information to a PDF file for your records.
Information on the data-destruction certificate verifies that DOD-compliant data destruction has been performed. The certificate includes:
- Report ID
- Client name
- Equipment brand and model
- Equipment serial number
- HDD size
- HDD model and serial numbers
- Disk wiping method
- Number of passes performed
- Number of bad sectors
Unlike paper printouts of data-destruction results, digital data-destruction certificates are backed by legal documents supporting data-destruction contracts and are completely auditable.
Which processes are eligible for certificates?
Digital data-destruction certificates are only issued when data is destroyed using approved disk-wiping software. Hard-drive destruction via degaussing or shredding doesn't produce certificates. Data-destruction companies can provide DVD video evidence of equipment being destroyed. The recordings show each hard drive being destroyed, documenting that equipment has been made unusable.
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