The usual person in the tech industry will inevitably have a storage medium you “must” secure before letting it out of your possession. This could mean something as simple as a personal drive with financial records, personal projects, and embarrassing photos that made their way to Facebook anyway.
First, these opinions are my own, and I am not a data destruction expert. Take this as you will, but do your due diligence for your needs or wants. Do not use my advice if you are representing the government, a financial service, a publicly held company, or a health care organization. There are legal penalties for failure to sanitize data using specific methods for your entity.
See “Tutorial on Disk Drive Data Sanitization” by Gordon Huges, UCSD CMMR and Tom Coughlin for great in-depth information from UC San Diego.Continue reading