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5 Fatal Error IT Asset Managers
Make Regarding Data Security
Survey of 100 IT “experts” from companies in the
Fortune 2000...
2
5 Fatal Assumptions
1. Completely deleting or formatting a drive
eradicates the data
2. SSD media devices are just like ...
3
Completely deleting or formatting a
drive eradicates the data
• Hard drives like to lie
– Speed before accuracy
– Deleti...
4
Marker For Data Being Present…
5
Completely deleting or formatting a
drive eradicates the data
• Hard drives like to lie
– Speed before accuracy
– Deleti...
6
SSD media devices are just like regular drives
• SSD’s have changed the rules for writing and
eradicating data
• “Kill S...
7
The person operating the wiping software
knows how to properly use it
• Wiping drives securely is based 60% on the opera...
8
Failed drives that cannot be read at all are
safe to discard
• Drives often fail during the wiping process
• Drives are ...
9
Securely storing hard drives for future
destruction increases security
• “We’ve created a very secure
location where dri...
10
Bonus: A multi-pass wipe or sheering are as
secure as shredding
• Wiping a device is never as secure as
shredding—Never...
11
Conclusion
1. Formatted drives are not wiped!
2. SSD drives should be handled differently
3. Hire or train an expert to...
12
5 Fatal Error IT Asset Managers Make
Regarding Data Security
Arman Sadeghi
arman@allgreenrecycling.com
Mobile: (949) 39...
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5 Fatal Data Security Errors IT Asset Managers Make

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Data Security & Secure Hard Drive Destruction are a critical part of the IT Asset Disposition and Electronics Recycling process. We surveyed 100 IT asset professionals from the 2,000 largest companies in the United States and asked some basic questions and what we uncovered was shocking! We found the biggest mistakes about data security, hard drive shredding and avoiding data breeches during the disposal process. Take your information security to the next level with this short presentation made by Arman Sadeghi of All Green Electronics Recycling at the IAITAM Show.

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5 Fatal Data Security Errors IT Asset Managers Make

  1. 1. 5 Fatal Error IT Asset Managers Make Regarding Data Security Survey of 100 IT “experts” from companies in the Fortune 2000 revealed that more than 82% do not fully understand how to completely eradicate the data from a drive being disposed. By Arman Sadeghi
  2. 2. 2 5 Fatal Assumptions 1. Completely deleting or formatting a drive eradicates the data 2. SSD media devices are just like regular drives 3. The person operating the wiping software knows how to properly use it 4. Failed drives that cannot be read at all are safe to discard 5. Securely storing hard drives for future destruction increases security 6. Bonus: A multi-pass wipe or sheering are as secure as shredding
  3. 3. 3 Completely deleting or formatting a drive eradicates the data • Hard drives like to lie – Speed before accuracy – Deleting files – Formatting disks – Consumer-grade wiping software • Numbers don’t lie – The 1’s and 0’s – Gone one minute but back the next – Residual Magnetism
  4. 4. 4 Marker For Data Being Present…
  5. 5. 5 Completely deleting or formatting a drive eradicates the data • Hard drives like to lie – Speed before accuracy – Deleting files – Formatting disks – Consumer-grade wiping software • Numbers don’t lie – The 1’s and 0’s – Gone one minute but back the next – Residual Magnetism
  6. 6. 6 SSD media devices are just like regular drives • SSD’s have changed the rules for writing and eradicating data • “Kill Switch” • ATA Secure Erase • The unknowns & Playing the catch-up game
  7. 7. 7 The person operating the wiping software knows how to properly use it • Wiping drives securely is based 60% on the operator and only 40% on the software. • Mishandling of drives is often the cause of data breeches. • Most companies don’t wipe enough drives to train experts at wiping drives.
  8. 8. 8 Failed drives that cannot be read at all are safe to discard • Drives often fail during the wiping process • Drives are often found to have bad sectors that cannot be accessed • Some hard drives are completely “dead” and cannot be read by any device • Failed and dead drives often contain large amounts of easily accessible data. • Data that cannot be accessed by typical means is easily accessible by alternative devices
  9. 9. 9 Securely storing hard drives for future destruction increases security • “We’ve created a very secure location where drives with data can be stored for future destruction.” • Every day a data containing device is stored, the likelihood of a data breech increases • Drives with data are often mistaken with previously wiped drives
  10. 10. 10 Bonus: A multi-pass wipe or sheering are as secure as shredding • Wiping a device is never as secure as shredding—Never! • Sheering drives leaves large amounts of data untouched • Paper & Hard Drives cannot be shredded together.
  11. 11. 11 Conclusion 1. Formatted drives are not wiped! 2. SSD drives should be handled differently 3. Hire or train an expert to handle data 4. Failed drives still have data 5. “Secure” storage is not as safe as destruction 6. Always shred, if possible
  12. 12. 12 5 Fatal Error IT Asset Managers Make Regarding Data Security Arman Sadeghi arman@allgreenrecycling.com Mobile: (949) 391-7626

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