Companies usually store sensitive data in the computers they use in the workplace, data that a company would not want to expose to third parties. Such data and information contained in these computers may relate to clients and staff of the company. Remember there are ICO regulations requiring that this data and information be kept as confidential as possible. Otherwise, you may be fined heavily.
Another gadget used in the office and which may also contain sensitive company data is the mobile phone. You must authorise the staff to leave the handsets before they go away or leave. In addition, replacing mobile phones is necessary when the company is doing an upgrade.
Whether large or small, companies must therefore think about what to do with their computer hard drives or mobile phones that contain sensitive data that could pose a danger when accessed by third parties. The two options available basically are: clearing the data from the hard drive or destroying the hard drive all together.
Many think that the best option available is to wipe the data and information contained, because then the hard drive and mobile phone can be used again.
What does clearing the data and information entail? Software programmes that can be run on the computer to destroy the data and information can be bought by the company. The company can then use the hard drive again since the sensitive data formerly there has been destroyed.
Unfortunately, wiping the data and information and reusing the hard drive and mobile phone does not offer complete 100% security and confidentiality for the sensitive data in question. Professional frauds can still use the hard drive and mobile phones, run their own professional reformatting software to restore the sensitive company data and information and do the damage intended. This can happen, for instance, if the hard drive and mobile phone is thrown away.
This is the reason the second option is preferred by some companies and businesses: completely destroying the hard drive. The hard drive can no longer be accessed, and neither can the data and information contained in it. This means you are completely and 100% secure.
Destroying hard drives, however, posses another problem to companies and businesses that have decided to do it. It is considered difficult because the tough hardware must be physically handled to destroy it and sometimes you may not destroy it properly, meaning that the data would still be accessible if the remains are found. This is why consulting a professional service to destroy the hard disk is very helpful.
Companies can take advantage of hard disk destruction services provided by professionals in their localities. Once they physically destroy the hard drive, it is not possible to have someone accessing the data and information therein because the hardware is no longer accessible. This will leave the business owner or company with peace of mind, knowing that the sensitive data and information stored in the hard drives will never be accessed.