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Sanitising media

Pat asked an interesting question.  He, like many of us, has the requirement to make sure that information doesn't accidentally leave the organisation on equipment that is being disposed off.  

To stop this many of us will have procedures to sanitise or destroy media, but what exactly are you targeting?   Hard disks, CD, DVDs, USB/Flash Drives are all the obvious ones.  Blackberries, Iphones or MP3 players are less obvious devices. However what else should you cleanse or even destroy?

Here are some things that I thought off that could be included: 

  • Hard disks from Printers
  • Printer drums
  • Cameras
  • Digital photo Frames

Let me know what other devices you sanitise before leaving the organisation. 

Mark H 


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ISC Handler
Mar 26th 2009

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