Erasure? Just A Coincidence In Timing, I’m Sure…
A very observent reader sends along these links from the Government Computer News service website.
Shhh! A Data Scrubber They Don't Want You To Know About: (dated 4/30/07)
Thoroughly removing data from a hard drive doesn’t always require an expensive degausser. There are techniques for permanent erasure that involve only software, if you’re willing to do a little preparation….
The advantage of Secure Erase is that it can wipe a disk clean in a matter of hours, much less time than the multiple passes required by a Defense Department 5220-style block erase.
Wow, that would be handy if, say, Congressional investigators were coming over to your office to do a scan copy of your hard drive for investigative purposes, now wouldn't it? What a useful tip in today's Beltway environment for some who might have something to hide from oversight. Or something. But wait, there's more.
Handling The Tail End Of The IT Life Cycle: Hints From NIST (dated 4/30/07):
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has some advice for agencies getting rid of digital storage media: Shred. Disintegrate. Pulverize. Incinerate. Melt.
Um…okay. Thanks, because I'm certain that folks who are responsible for, say, taking care of classified material disposal and such weren't altogether familiar with how to deal with the daily contents of the "burn bag" and all. So, golly, all of this information suddenly coming up in the most recent issue of the Government Computer News sure will come in…um…handy. Just a coincidence in timing that Congress happens to be doing some oversight on e-mails and other materials that had been ignored for the last six years, and that folks like Rep. Henry Waxman have requested that such materials not be destroyed…and then these articles appear, I'm sure. Whatever the reader may think, it is worth a reminder that the destruction of evidence sought in a Congressional investigation could subject the person destroying said evidence — and the person giving the order to do so — to felony charges. I'm just saying.
Yep. Nothing to see here. Moving right along…