The Most Dangerous Backdoor to Your Data Center's Security

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Lost or Stolen Data Tapes Pose a Significant Threat to Sensitive Information. Mobile Data Shredding offers the solution.

Mike Dodson of Mobile Data Shredding has published a detailed whitepaper about digital media storage issues.

In 2005 one of the largest banks in the U.S. lost data tapes with credit card numbers and social security numbers of 1.2 million federal employees, including senators.

In 2007 a single stolen data tape in Ohio contained the social security numbers and private information of 1.3 million individuals and businesses.

In 2008 a Fortune 500 company had a computer tape stolen from a delivery truck that contained the names, addresses, birthdays, Social Security numbers, marital status, bank account numbers, salaries, and hiring and termination/retirement dates of hundreds of employees. In addition, the tape has Social Security and address information about dependents of former and current employees.

A single misplaced, improperly stored/transported, or improperly disposed of data tape can be catastrophic to any organization, their clients and employees. This breach, even if the theft never ends in abuse, creates a breach in trust that can damage a reputation for years.

Visit http://www.mdshred.com/news/2009/11/30/lost-or-stolen-data-tapes-and-hard-drives/ to read a more detailed presentation of the issues.

The whitepaper concludes with the following:

Ultimately, best practices dictate that certified on-site secure shredding of computer tape is a complete, thorough, visual, real-time and proof-positive method for tape destruction and disposal. This is an out-sourced service performed at the actual data center location under the supervision of any concerned employee in the company and in full view of all security devices, cameras and video monitoring systems. The process is quite fast, completely destroying tape cartridges. Several hundred can be shred every 4-5 minutes, with a constant flow possible, giving a capacity of tens of thousands in less than one 8-hour shift. Once the destruction process is complete, the mobile shredding vehicle leaves the facility and all liability, security, disposal, and logistical concerns are eliminated.

Hard drives, whether they are laptop, desktop, or server varieties all also carry the same concerns as retired tape. Hard drives can also be securely shredded on-site using the same certified procedures.
If transport is required then encrypted digital transport is recommended, followed by certified on-site destruction of the physical media.

About Mobile Data Shredding, Inc.:
Mobile Data Shredding, Inc. provides secure, on-site tape/hard drive/document destruction services to the Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Northeast and Midlantic regions. For more information visit http://www.mdshred.com or call (877) 225-6010.

About the Author: Mike Dodson, founder of Mobile Data Shredding, is a well-known data destruction expert with over 25 years experience in the data processing and computer media industry. He has provided consulting services and support to Fortune 500/100/50 corporations across the nation.

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