Author Elizabeth Wilmot

Which Data Destruction and Erasure Options are Best for You

Which Data Destruction & Erasure Options are Best for You

As a branch of the U.S Department of Commerce, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was established in order improve “measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.”  The NIST has outlined which data destruction and erasure options are best for you

In the fall of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security requested that the NIST develop a framework to handle media that will ultimately be disposed of or reused. This standard for data purging and data destruction became known as NIST 800-88.

NIST 800-88 comprehensively outlines which data destruction or erasure options exist for each media type, and in what instances each should be used.  Because NIST 800-88 is a government initiative, it has become the modern-day standard for determining how a data should be dealt with, whether it is on a hard drive, a magnetic tape, a piece of paper, or a smart phone.

Turtle Wings / Data Killers offers data destruction plans that are in full compliance with NIST’s standards and regulations.  Our services include: mobile hard drives shredding, back-up tape shredding, tape degaussing, and media incineration services. Data Killers provides nationwide, on-site destruction of any type of equipment or media with assured compliance and the ability to shred material to as small as 2mm sizes. Data Killers is the data and product destruction arm of Turtle Wings, Inc., an ISO certified, woman-owned, HUBZoned company holding multiple GSA contracts.

We service all U.S government departments as well as private companies. We can supply a complete audit trail of all destroyed media including serial numbers and manufacturers for compliance purposes. All of our employees are thoroughly versed and trained in NIST data destruction standards and laws and are happy to assist you in compliance documentation.