Today, digital data is stored not only on computers and servers but also on a wide variety of other devices. Data can be stored on portable media such as USB thumb drives, CDs, and DVDs, as well as the hard drives of copiers, printers, and scanners. If this data is missed and allowed to remain unaltered, it could put the privacy of the firm, its clients, and its employees at risk.
Data Bearing Media
GP goes through all types of media to make sure that all of your company's sensitive data is destroyed properly.
GP can make a list of backup tape libraries and jukeboxes and then destroy them. Depending on what the client wants, tapes can be demagnetized or shredded.
Desktop Computer Hard Drives – Floppy Disks – Zip Disks – Laptop Hard Drives
Most clients choose to throw away magnetic hard drives that are more than 4 years old. For newer hard drives, GP has solutions for erasing, crushing, degaussing, and shredding that can be done on-site or off-site.
External hard drives, USB sticks, and solid-state hard drives in laptops (SSD)
People often use solid-state drives (SSD) to store and move data. These are things like thumb drives and external hard drives. Most desktop and laptop computers have solid-state drives. These drives look like magnetic hard drives, but they have to go through a special process to make sure that all digital data is gone. If the data on SSDs isn't deleted properly, they can be a security risk and cause the possibility of a data breach. Because of this, it is important to work with a service provider who knows how to find and destroy these devices and has the right equipment to do so.
GP lets you erase and destroy data on solid-state hard drives in ways that have been tried and tested. Data erasure lets the drives be used again, while shredding solid state drives is a tried-and-true solution for clients who don't want the drives to be used again or sold again.
Storage arrays and SANs can be rented or bought, but the data on them needs to be deleted. Most companies choose to delete data from storage arrays and SANs while the equipment is still in their possession, just like they do with other devices that hold data.
Return to Lessor or Manufacturer: When leased equipment with live data is sent back to the lessor, security risks are created during transport. GP lets you erase data on-site, and you can erase more than one drive at the same time. This service makes it easy to erase the data on SANs and lets companies return leased equipment without any data on it, which eliminates any security risks.
Prepare Equipment for Resale: If you own your SANs and storage arrays instead of renting them, erasing the data on them at your facility makes them ready to be used again or sold without putting your data at risk.
To keep data safe, destroy storage media. You can destroy storage media at your place or at GP's processing facility. Shredding, crushing, or degaussing storage media is the fastest way to get rid of data, but the equipment can't be sold again after it's been retired.
The technology behind networked storage is always changing and varies from one manufacturer to the next. GP has a lot of experience and technical know-how working with equipment from different companies and complex server environments.
GP can do a site audit that includes a survey of your equipment to find out about your storage media infrastructure. Then, we can create a custom technical solution for destroying the data on all storage devices that are going to be taken out of your live environment.
Cell Phones – Smartphones – Tablets
The size, portability, and ease of use of these devices make them a major threat to the security of corporate data. There are more data risks because cell phones, smartphones, and tablets are popular, easy to get, and can store a lot of data. Servers and computers have strict security policies for their contents, but old or broken mobile devices are often ignored, putting their valuable data at risk.
GP offers a completely safe and environmentally friendly way to get rid of these devices that reduces the security and environmental risks that come with throwing them away in the wrong way. By shredding, organizations can be even more sure that the information on these items has been safely destroyed. Memory from mobile devices can be erased and used again, or it can be shredded to get rid of it if that's not what's wanted.
Copy machines(Copiers), printers, scanners, and all-in-one machines
Advanced office equipment like printers, copiers, and scanners, as well as mobile devices like cell phones, can cause unexpected digital data breaches. A lot of the time, these things have built-in hard drives and memory chips that don't lose data until they're turned off.
Make sure that all assets that hold data can be found and tracked. Most people who work in IT know that these devices pose risks to the security of data. But if these assets are managed by people in the facilities management or accounting departments, they might not know about these risks when getting rid of equipment.