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NAID Forms Task Force to Study Destruction of Information on SSDs

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) July 25, 2012

Recently, NAID created a task force of respected electronics data destruction industry professionals and outside consultants to develop a standard for what constitutes reasonable destruction of information stored on solid state drives (SSDs). This task force will consider the attendant technology, knowledge, expense, and likelihood of accessing or reconstructing meaningful data.

According to NAID Chief Compliance Officer Holly Vandervort, Every data protection regulation in the developed world is based on the principle of reasonableness, a standard which can only be determined by understanding the risks and technology. This task force will attempt to develop a body of knowledge that consumers can use to make informed decisions on their SSD disposition strategy.

The task force will evaluate and establish the reasonableness of physical destruction as well as sanitization of SSDs. Sanitization, a process used to erase data on conventional hard drives, involves the overwriting or removal of the data in a manner that allows the reuse of the device.

SSDs are now used in the vast majority of mobile/smart phones and, increasingly, as a replacement for conventional hard drives in computers due to their high capacity, low energy consumption and relatively small size.

A limited number of studies on the effectiveness of SDD sanitization have produced contradictory findings, said Robert Haskins, CEO of Gigabiter, Inc. and co-chair of the NAID task force. While we will certainly evaluate these studies, we also plan to commission new research.

Angie Keating, CEO of Reclamere, Inc., will join Haskins as co-chair of the NAID SSD task force. The rest of the group consists of Dag Adamson (Lifecycle Technology Recycling); Gary Moore (Sprint); J. Martin Garcia (Reagan Wireless); Craig Boswell (Hobi International); and Todd Barelmann, CSDS (Cascade Asset Management).

NAID is very proud to have assembled such a diverse team of secure data destruction professionals and stakeholders, said NAID CEO Bob Johnson. The quality and integrity of this team will undoubtedly lead to practical and trustworthy guidance for the destruction of data on SSDs.

In addition to setting a reasonableness standard for destruction of data on SSDs, the task force will also evaluate methods, procedures and quality controls used in the process. Ultimately, the project will lead to a NAID whitepaper defending the consensus achieved by the task force and provide information for data custodians to form their own reasonableness standards for the destruction of information on SSDs.

About NAID: NAID is a non-profit trade association of the secure destruction industry, currently representing over 1,900 member locations globally. NAIDs mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors.

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