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Recycling Backup Tapes - Green Or Just Scary?
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12/9/2013 | 6:03:49 PM
Re: Recycling Hard Drives - Green or Scary
I work for a company that buys, and refurbishes or destroys magnetic tapes. 

we have never heard or seen any data ever escaping from a tape.


-              A few tapes have been reported missing from a company like Iron Mountain - but never any reports of any data being leaked or removed or accessed from a lost or stolen tape

-              All of the security breaches of customer information, health records, credit card numbers, tax records, etc...  have all been breached from stolen or lost laptops, hard drives, and website hacking

-              Encrypted data on a tape cannot be accessed


for mor info read: Article describing the GAO's (Government Accountability Office) stand on "Sale of Magnetic Data Tapes Previously Used by the Government Presents a Low Security Risk"


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Gary Scott
Gary Scott,
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11/23/2013 | 6:26:41 PM
Recycling Hard Drives - Green or Scary
Recycling Hard Drives – Green or Just Scary?

Scary!  The company that sent you the email is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selling company and customer data.  This type of event happens on a daily basis.  Companies hire electronic recyclers to dispose of their end of life IT equipment.   

What is done with the most valuable company asset (information and Goodwill), and greatest potential liability (data privacy legislation), during the mundane IT recycling process?  That is the question the FTC (under the Red Flags Rule and The Disposal Rule) and litigating attorneys will demand a company to prove, not just answer.  Unfortunately, most people charged with removing IT equipment don't have a solid answer. Why?  Because they have allowed a vendor to remove hard drive and backup tapes from their custody before the digital data was physically destroyed first.  Think...hard drive shredding.

Keep in mind, erasing hard drives and backup tape for resell on eBay only benefits the recycler.  The company takes all the risk of exposing employee records, electronic health records and company Intellectual Property.

When disposing of IT equipment, hire a data destruction company that is NAID Certified for backup tapes and hard drive destruction.  Insists on the following from your data destruction vendor:

1. Professional Liability insurance specifically for data destruction – including breach notification coverage

2. Physically destroy hard drive and backup tapes

3. Complete the data destruction onsite – so you are able to witness the destruction

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