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.
Company staff may also have used mobile phones and stored sensitive data and information. It is necessary to ask the staff to leave the mobile phones behind if they will not be in the office. In addition, such handsets need to be replaced where an upgrade is being done.
Small and large companies cannot, therefore, avoid the question of what to do with the hard drives and mobile phones that could contain sensitive data as stated above. They can either destroy the hard drives and mobile phones or wipe the data contained therein.
Most companies choose the first method which involves wiping the data from the hard drives and mobile phones. This is because they regard it as convenient and because the hard drive and mobile phones can be used gain.
So what will they do if they decide to wipe out the sensitive data? It is possible to run software that can destroy the data contained in the hard disk and mobile phones and this software can be bought. Thus, the hard drive and mobile phone can still be used by the company after wiping the data and information.
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.
The second option involving destruction of the hard drive is usually the better option because of the above danger. Once the hard drive and mobile phone has been completely destroyed, it cannot be accessed and the sensitive data and information cannot be found out at all.
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.