Secure Data Destruction
At ProTek, we understand the importance of protecting sensitive information and ensuring compliance with data privacy regulations. That’s why we offer secure data destruction services to help companies properly dispose of their data. But what exactly is secure data destruction? Simply put, it’s the process of physically destroying or rendering data on a device or storage media unrecoverable. This can include methods such as shredding or crushing the device, degaussing it with a powerful magnetic field, or overwriting the data multiple times. It’s crucial for companies to properly destroy data from old devices and storage media to prevent sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. We have the equipment and expertise to ensure that your data is truly unrecoverable, giving you peace of mind.
We make data destruction easy, with just 2 steps!
Step 1: Request our data destruction services! We’ll gather details about your request and send a quote.
Step 2: Gather your equipment for data destruction and any extra equipment for recycling in one place.
Your work ends here! Now, our ProTek team goes to work!
Step 3: Our crews personally pick up your equipment for data destruction directly from your office and brings it straight back to our office. Please note, unlike most of our competitors, we do not use subcontractors or third parties for these services. When you work with ProTek, you work exclusively with ProTek!
Step 4: ProTek’s professionally trained staff remove all the hard drives and other data-containing devices and put them through our shredder!
Step 5: ProTek sends you a certificate of destruction with a serialized list of data containing devices that were destroyed and what units they came from!
Large quantities of bare drives or equipment containing drives can be picked up by our staff. No quantity is too large! For small quantities (10-20 drives) they may be mailed to our site for destruction, or we can pick them up, your choice! We can also remove the drives from the equipment we pick up for recycling.
Our promise to you: We will NEVER view, copy, or otherwise access any data on equipment that we receive.
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Types of Devices That Should be Securely Destroyed
We can securely destroy a wide variety of devices and storage media. Some of the most common types include:
Hard drives and solid-state drives
These are the most common types of storage media used in computers and servers. We can physically destroy hard drives using our state-of-the-art shredders or degauss them using our powerful magnetic fields.
Servers, smartphones, and tablets
These devices often store sensitive information and need to be securely destroyed when they reach the end of their life cycle. We can physically destroy these devices using our shredders or degauss them.
Backup tapes and other storage media
Backup tapes and other types of magnetic storage media can also contain sensitive information. We can degauss these tapes using our powerful magnetic fields, ensuring that the data is unrecoverable.
Cloud storage and other digital storage
We can also help you securely delete data from cloud storage or other digital storage. Our experts can guide you through the process of securely erasing data and providing certification of destruction if needed.
It’s important to note that not all storage media can be physically destroyed, so we also offer data-wiping services that make it difficult but not impossible to recover the data. Our team will work with you to understand your specific needs and recommend the best method for your data destruction.
Compliance and Regulations for Data Destruction
At ProTek, we understand the importance of compliance with industry regulations and standards when it comes to secure data destruction.
One of the regulations we comply with is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA requires that healthcare organizations properly dispose of protected health information (PHI) and other sensitive data. We can help healthcare organizations comply with HIPAA by securely destroying PHI on devices and storage media, providing certificates of destruction, and following strict security protocols.
Another important standard we comply with is the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) AAA certification. This certification is the highest level of security and due diligence for data destruction companies and requires strict adherence to guidelines for the physical destruction of data. We are proud to be NAID AAA certified and can provide our clients with the peace of mind that their data is being handled in accordance with the highest industry standards.
We also comply with various other regulations such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) and make sure we are up-to-date with any new regulations that may arise. Our team of experts will work with you to understand your specific compliance requirements and tailor our services to meet those needs.
Verification and Certification
At ProTek, we understand the importance of verifying that data has been properly destroyed. That’s why we offer a variety of options for verification and certification.
One of the most common methods is through certificates of destruction. We provide a detailed certificate that outlines the methods used for data destruction and confirms that the data has been properly destroyed. The certificate includes information such as the date of destruction, the devices or storage media destroyed, and the methods used.
We also offer on-site data destruction, which allows clients to witness the destruction process in person. This is a great option for clients who want to see their devices or storage media being destroyed and want to ensure that their data is truly unrecoverable.
In addition, we can provide detailed reports of the data destruction process, including the serial numbers of the devices that were destroyed, the date and time of the destruction, and the method used. These reports can be used to demonstrate compliance with regulations and industry standards.
Lastly, we understand that some clients may require an additional level of security, so we also offer data recovery methodologies to test the effectiveness of the destruction process, ensuring that the data is unrecoverable.
Our team of experts will work with you to understand your specific needs and recommend the best options for verification and certification of your data destruction.
Costs of Professional Data Destruction
At ProTek, we understand that cost is an important consideration when it comes to secure data destruction. However, it’s important to remember that the cost of not properly destroying data can be much higher in terms of data breaches and compliance violations.
The cost of our secure data destruction services can vary depending on the volume and type of devices or storage media to be destroyed, as well as the methods used. We offer a range of services that can cater to different budgets and still provide a secure destruction process.
While it may be tempting for a company to try to destroy its own data in-house, there are several advantages to using a professional service. Professional data destruction companies have the necessary equipment and expertise to ensure that data is truly unrecoverable. In addition, using a professional service can provide added security and peace of mind, knowing that your data is being handled by experts in accordance with industry standards and regulations.
At ProTek, we offer a range of professional services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients. Our team of experts is trained to handle all types of storage media and will ensure that your data is properly and securely destroyed.
We are transparent with our pricing and will provide you with a detailed quote and breakdown of the costs, so you can make an informed decision. Contact us today to discuss your data destruction needs and to receive a quote.
Get Started with ProTek Data Destruction
In conclusion, secure data destruction is crucial for protecting sensitive information and ensuring compliance with data privacy regulations. At ProTek, we offer a variety of methods for secure data destruction, including physical destruction, degaussing, data erasure, and overwriting. We can securely destroy a wide variety of devices and storage media, including hard drives, servers, smartphones, tablets, and backup tapes.
We are compliant with various regulations such as HIPAA, GDPR, and PCI-DSS, as well as having NAID AAA certification and we can provide you with the necessary certifications and verifications for your compliance needs.
We understand the importance of cost, and we offer a range of services that can cater to different budgets, while still providing a secure destruction process. We are transparent with our pricing and will provide you with a detailed quote and breakdown of the costs.
At ProTek, we pride ourselves on our equipment and expertise, and we are committed to providing our clients with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their data is being handled by experts in accordance with industry standards and regulations. Contact us today to discuss your data destruction needs and to receive a quote.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is secure data destruction and why is it important?
Secure data destruction is the process of physically destroying or rendering data on a device or storage media unrecoverable. It is important for protecting sensitive information and ensuring compliance with data privacy regulations.
How are data destruction services different from data erasure?
Data destruction services physically destroy the storage media, making data recovery impossible, while data erasure uses software to delete data from the storage device, making it difficult but not impossible to recover the data.
What methods do secure data destruction companies use to destroy data?
Secure data destruction companies use a variety of methods to destroy data, including physical destruction (such as shredding or crushing), degaussing (using a powerful magnetic field to scramble the data), and overwriting (writing new data over the old data multiple times).
How can I verify that my data has been properly destroyed?
Many data destruction companies provide certificates of destruction, which detail the methods used and confirm that the data has been properly destroyed. Some companies also offer on-site data destruction, allowing clients to witness the destruction process.
What types of devices and media can be securely destroyed?
Secure data destruction services can destroy a variety of devices and media, including hard drives, solid-state drives, servers, smartphones, tablets, and backup tapes.
Are there any regulations or compliance requirements for data destruction?
There are various regulations and compliance requirements for data destruction, including HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and GDPR. It’s best to check with the specific regulation that applies to your industry or organization.
How much does secure data destruction cost?
The cost of secure data destruction can vary depending on the volume and type of devices or media to be destroyed, as well as the methods used. On average, it can range from a few cents to a few dollars per device.
Can a company destroy its own data in-house or does it need to hire a professional service?
While it is possible for a company to destroy its own data in-house, it may not have the necessary equipment or expertise to ensure that the data is truly unrecoverable. Using a professional service provides added security and peace of mind.
How long does the data destruction process take?
The data destruction process can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days, depending on the volume and type of devices or media.
Is there any way to recover data that has been destroyed by a professional service?
Once data has been properly destroyed by a professional service, it is highly unlikely that it can be recovered. However, it is always recommended to be sure by following the certifications and methodologies used to destroy the data.