[Faccus] [Sec-wg] Hard drive degausser

Colin Bell colin.bell at uwaterloo.ca
Mon Jan 30 12:43:53 EST 2012

Hi all,

We believe we've found a degausser here in IST but we are not certain that it is powerful enough to destroy data on a HDD.  Just for the record, IST-ISS will take ownership of documenting a procedure for 'secure destruction of data on magnetic HDDs for warranty claims.'

I will contact you Carlos (off list) to figure out how to test the degausser to see if it is powerful enough for a HDD.

Thanks all for your comments on this matter.   We've noted that this is a hole in the process/procedure guidelines and we will figure out what needs to be done to address it.

Colin Bell, Systems Integration Specialist, IST
Information Security Services, University of Waterloo
+1-519-888-4567 x31245 / colin.bell at uwaterloo.ca

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