Items of equipment containing storage media should be verified to ensure that any sensitive data and licensed software has been removed or securely overwritten prior to disposal or re-use.
Secure disposal or re-use of equipment in information security refers to the process of safely disposing of or reusing computer hardware and other equipment in a manner that protects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the data stored on the equipment. This can include tasks such as securely wiping the data from the equipment, physically destroying the hardware to prevent it from being reused, and properly disposing of the equipment to prevent environmental harm. The goal of secure disposal or re-use of equipment is to prevent the unauthorised access or misuse of data that could compromise the security of the network.
There are several standard guidelines for the secure disposal or re-use of equipment in information security. Some of these guidelines include:
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