Encryption and Reformatting SSDs Is Not Enough

If 2016 taught us anything, it was that SSDs are an important new tool in the toolbelt of the hacker community. Several of the major identity theft and intellectual property theft cases from 2016 can trace their roots to a breach of data from an SSD. Sam Donaldson of DZone Security writes that “ in the first six months of 2016, 550 million records were stolen making it 65 percent higher than the statistics from the previous year.” They continue, saying that “hackers recently have been utilizing poor drive disposal to their advantage. Due to the growth inside SSD devices, reformatting SSDs is simply not good enough to prevent a data breach from occurring.”

And it’s not just data destruction, your encryption could actually be putting your data at risk, “because fully homomorphic encryption is not yet readily available to compute arbitrary functions over encrypted data without the decryption key, every time that we manipulate encrypted data, it is decrypted and this is where a cyber attack can easily occur.”

STS Electronic Recycling prides itself on providing it’s customers with the most secure data destruction techniques, including on-site drive shredding. Don’t expose your IT Department to possible liability. Let STS destroy your data properly.

1. https://dzone.com/articles/the-year-of-data-breaches-why-encryption-and-refor


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