A Data Storage Explosion

The amount of data being created and stored on digital devices is increasing exponentially (see this article about data storage, for example). Because all digital devices have a limited life cycle, eventually they have to be purged of data and then transferred or destroyed.

The Bigger They Are, the More They Need High Volume Data Erasure

The more data and devices an organization has, the more dealing with them becomes a problem. Data centers and organizations with lots of employees who use digital devices are particularly affected.

Privacy laws and security best practices dictate that data must be destroyed before leaving the organization.

Physical destruction of the storage devices is an option, but this creates a waste problem. Wiping the data with software and then donating, reselling, or recycling the drives is a better option.

The question to answer, then, is:

How Do You Wipe Hundreds or Thousands of Drives?

The ideal workflow for wiping high volumes of digital devices looks like this:

  1. Connect to the device
  2. Wipe the drive with one or more overwrite passes
  3. Verify the status of the drive
  4. Record an auditable record of the wiping
  5. Transfer the drive to its intended destination

There are free software solutions for wiping drives, but most are neither certified to comply with wiping standards nor designed to handle high wiping volumes. They also don't handle connecting to the drive.

WhiteCanyon has created a variety of solutions to implementing this ideal work flow.

Connect

WipeDrive Enterprise supports a variety of deployment methods including:

  • Appliance - Attach loose drives with any hard drive interface to WhiteCanyon's appliance and then wipe them using WipeDrive
  • PXE Network - Run WipeDrive on hundreds of computers simultaneously from a PXE network
  • Direct Attach - Run WipeDrive on individual computers using a CD, USB drive, or .exe file. While not a high volume data erasure method, direct attachment can be a necessary option

Wipe

WipeDrive is certified to wipe devices in compliance with over 20 national and international standards, including NIST 800-88, US DoD 5220.22-M, NCSC, and NIAP EAL 4+. According to the NSA, data deleted with WipeDrive is "permanently destroyed as to make any type of forensic data recovery impossible."

Verify

WipeDrive includes an optional verification step that allows you to ensure the drive has indeed been wiped.

Auditable Record

WipeDrive creates a log file with a standardized format for every drive wiped. These logs provide an auditable data point for your asset disposition process.

Transfer

After being wiped with WipeDrive, the drive or device is ready to be donated, resold, or recycled

High Volume Data Erasure Throughput

Just how much data can you wipe with WipeDrive? Click the button below to read about one solution that wipes over 3 Petabytes of data per day.

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