Media destruction and data destruction. What does it mean?
Is data destruction the same as destroying the media on which data is stored?
No! Data destruction is the removal of data from a storage medium (the best and fast way for magnetic storage media is demagnetization – degaussing process). Media destruction is the physical damage of a data carrier by crushing, puncturing or shredding – this method is recommended for flash media.
Last year research showed 80% of U.S. and Canadian respondents from 1850 senior decision makers across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asian Pacific region have reported their end-of-life devices are just being stockpiled in storage somewhere. And… stockpiled drives are an invitation to disaster.
Remember! The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and internal regulations of individual countries around the world outlines data protection principles that organizations must follow when collecting and storing individuals’ personal data.
Read more in the article of INFOSECURITY here