Secure Data Destruction
Without secure data destruction services, you leave your business vulnerable to a data breach, compromising the sensitive data of your company, your employees and your customers.
What is Data Destruction?
According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), data destruction is defined as:
the process of destroying, wiping or erasing physical or digital information by means of secure deletion algorithms, disposal procedures or other secure methods.
Data destruction ensures that data is permanently removed, leaving no trace of its presence on your electronic assets. When your IT assets reach their end-of-life, having a secure data destruction policy in place will prevent any data from falling into the hands of opportunists or criminals, providing you total peace of mind.
How can data be destroyed?
Under GDPR, organisations are obliged to destroy all data on data-bearing devices that are no longer in use. Data can be destroyed by either wiping or shredding.
Wiping ensures that data is permanently erased and unrecoverable. This is the most environmentally friendly method as well as cost effective as the device can then be redeployed or resold.
Physical shredding destroys the device, converting it into debris that is only millimetres in diameter. This is then recycled and recovered materials are used to manufacture new devices.
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What data needs to be destroyed?
Businesses should ensure that any electronic media that has ever contained sensitive information is securely wiped using certified data erasure software before it is disposed of or recycled.
Some data is more sensitive than others, such as:
- Customer addresses
- Financial documentation
- Health information
- Trade secrets
To ensure the guaranteed destruction of your data, it is important to choose a partner that is highly accredited to ADISA and ISO 27001 standards and can provide you with certification of data destruction.
Our Data Destruction Services
Wipe with Blancco
Vyta use Blancco wiping software to wipe each drive three times before passing it as 100% erased. Data erased by Blancco cannot be recovered with any existing technology. Blancco has been certified by the British National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Commercial Product Assurance scheme (CPA) for data sanitization.
Data-bearing items we can erase:
- Hard drives
- Network Switches & Routers
- Mobile phones & smartphones
- Tablets & PDAs
Any data-bearing media that cannot be erased using our state-of-the-art software or is not viable for resale, is shredded into debris up to 20mm in size (6mm on request) at our secure facilities or through our onsite mobile shredding service. This method ensures that all data remains unrecoverable and unreadable.
Data-bearing items we can shred:
- HDD (laptop, desktop, IDE, SATA, SSD, SCSI)
- Backup magnetic tapes (DLT, DAT, CCTV, VHS and reel)
- Floppy disks and zip disks
- Removable media/USB sticks
- Optical media (CDs, DVDs, Blue Ray)
- Mobiles, smartphones, PDAs
- ID cards
How do data breaches happen?
Data breaches can happen in a variety of ways, but one common way is because hardware has been resold and the sensitive data has not been properly wiped.
In many cases, files are simply deleted. Often users don’t realise that this does not remove the data from the device and sensitive information is still accessible.
If you sell your company’s old computers or hard drives on the open market without wiping them first, then you also put your company at significant risk.
Protect your data by using only an accredited provider
It’s important to choose an accredited company for your secure data destruction to prevent data breaches.
We work closely with some of the leading providers of National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) approved software, including Blancco, to ensure accurate, quality-controlled and fully documented procedures.
We guarantee that 100% of data is permanently erased and unrecoverable from all IT equipment. Once destroyed we provide you with a Certificate of Destruction for your records.
Outsourcing your data destruction to an accredited provider will give you peace of mind that your sensitive information is completely eradicated, and assets are safe for resale.
What are the consequences of a data breach?
A data breach can have a number of costly consequences. Investigations and resulting fines for breaching GDPR can be imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
On top of this, your company could face additional problems caused by reputational damage leading to loss of business, trust and interaction with stakeholders.
Your business will be required to carry out a detailed forensic investigation to establish the scale of the breach, notify companies or people affected, and implement new stringent security measures to prevent additional breaches.
A fine of up to £17.5m and potential lawsuits from those whose data was leaked
Increased risk of future cyber attacks
Forced to report your failure to your customers and clients
Reputational damage to your brand
Decreased confidence in your business resulting in falling share prices
Increased regulatory scrutiny
Interested in on-site data shredding?
Secure on-site data shredding is a great way to ensure that your confidential data is destroyed safely. By having a professional data destruction company come to your office and shred your documents on-site, you can rest assured that your information will not be compromised.
Our Data Destruction Process
Guaranteed secure certified data destruction without the negative environmental impact.
All assets – either data wiped or shredded – are scanned and tracked via our secure, bespoke tracking system.
Details recorded include:
- item type
- collection date and site
- equipment make and model
- client asset tag or serial number
- item specification
- processing details
Why use Vyta’s Data Wiping Service?
Supports the Circular Economy
Blancco Assured Data Wiping
The Most Sustainable Choice
Why your data destruction services need to be secure
Under GDPR organisations have a legal obligation to ensure that confidential information is securely destroyed when no longer necessary.
Businesses are required to destroy sensitive data on a permanent and irreversible basis so that it can no longer be reconstructed or read.
You need a trusted partner that uses secure data destruction processes and can ensure no data remains on your devices.
The effects of a data breach are long and far reaching. That’s why secure data destruction policies, processes and certified erasure software needs to be employed.
As part of our data destruction process, Vyta issues Certificates of Destruction which can be treated as evidence of your fulfilment of regulatory obligations.
Why choose Vyta?
We ensure complete security of confidential information by taking all necessary steps to guarantee proper data destruction.
Vyta is committed to upholding the highest levels of security. We regularly undergo full security and operational / forensic UKAS audits.
Vyta supports the circular economy, helping you find the most secure and sustainable way to recycle your equipment whilst achieving maximum ROI.