Need for Standards
Without a set of standards, what people would consider destroyed, or how people would think data is protected, would be very, very, different from what is actually needed to ensure complete physical destruction. By having these standards and a push for devices that can meet these standards, data that needs to be protected to keep people safe around the world can be properly disposed of. This ranges from your own Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to our nation’s and military’s largest secrets that protect millions of lives.
US National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST SP 800-88 Rev 1
The NIST SP 800-88 Revision 1 (Full name being National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800 - 88 Revision 1 - Guidelines for Media Sanitization) is the current internationally recognized standard for organizations and agencies looking to sanitize data and storage medium leaving their organizational control.
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