Updated: Dec 17, 2019

Government Agency Data Erasure

Why Keep Data Secure?

The Records At Risk

  • Contracts and proposals
  • Personal details of employees and general public
  • Meeting minutes and transcripts
  • Internal directives
  • Internal and external communication

Why Security's Important

Even if the data has reached the end of its lifecycle, leaving it unsecured is highly risky.

Unauthorized access can lead to:
Loss of State Secrets
Information is classified for a reason. Revealing sensitive data to other states or non-cleared personnel can be incredibly damaging.

Privacy Breaches
Getting hold of personal information can lead to identity theft, legal action, and a damaged reputation for the agency.

Information Manipulation
Fake and misleading data is more and more prevalent in the modern world, and it's much easier to pass off when it's based on a legitimate source.

Service Breakdown
Tainted, missing, or compromised data can result in system-wide shutdowns or reduced services, leaving your agency unable to function.

Compliance
Most government agencies are strictly regulated and must conform with data security regulations or risk costly investigations.

Why Isn't Data Erased Properly?

Government Auctions
Some agencies sell off old computer hardware when it's no longer needed, inadvertently leaving data remnants exposed to the buyer.

Government Auctions
Some agencies sell off old computer hardware when it's no longer needed, inadvertently leaving data remnants exposed to the buyer.

Unnecessary Archival
Archival of data is a key part of the data lifecycle, especially for government agencies. However, once the data is archived it's often forgotten and can be accessible for longer than intended.

Improper Disposal
A lot of data is simply disposed of incorrectly. Putting a hard drive in the trash is risky for private individuals. For government bodies exposed to constant threats, it's downright dangerous.

Employee Carelessness
Data security is commonly overlooked when an employee is leaving their position in the agency, and proper erasure protocols are frequently overlooked.

When Deleted Doesn't Mean Gone

Many people assume that when they delete a file, it's gone forever. But with forensic data recovery, improperly erased data can easily be retrieved.

After Deleting A File - Your operating system will only remove the address to where the data is stored, and not the data itself. The file can be recovered by reading directly from the disk.

After Degaussing The Hard Drive - Subjecting a hard drive to powerful magnetic forces will clear the data to a degree, but it can sumtimes be reconstructed by analyzing leftover weak magnetic fields. Also, it doesn't work on modern SSDs.

After Shredding an SSD - Just as a shredded document can be reconstructed, memory chips from a shredded SSD that are intact, could allow data to be recovered.

Why Do Government Agencies Choose WipeDrive?

It's Cost-Effective
WipeDrive doesn't require expensive machinery and it allows you to reuse hard drives, leaving agencies with more room in their budget.

It's Eco-Friendly
WipeDrive removes the need to degauss or shred the hard drive, which would put a burden on our landfills and potentially contaminate the ground with heavy metals.

It's Accountable
WipeDrive helps agencies subject to strict reporting requirements by providing a clear audit trail.

It's Secure
WipeDrive achieves several government standards that otherr technologies don't, including:

  • Common Criteria EAL 2+
  • DoD 5220.22-M
  • NIST 800-88 Rev 1
  • US Army AR380-19

The Most Trusted Name in Data Erasure

If you need bullet-proof sanitization of highly sensitive data, only WipeDrive will do. To learn more about the government agencies we work with and why they trust us with their data, visit WhiteCanyon.com today.