In 2019, some organisations still dispose of their tape media in a similar way to how they do with other IT equipment. For those that show a little more diligence, traditional methods of tape media disposal such as degaussing and shredding still leave organisations wide open to potential data breaches.
That’s why Insurgo has pledged to educate the industry on exactly how to effectively dispose of redundant tape media in the most secure and effective ways possible.
In this section, you’ll learn more about our tape media disposal services and find useful information regarding the methods your organisation may currently be using.
Data erasure is our speciality here at Insurgo Media and we are proud to say we hold the most secure, effective and environmentally-friendly erasing process on the market.
We are the only organisation in the world that can guarantee that all data is removed from tape media before it is disposed of. Our fully-tracked process means that you can be sure your tape media is safe throughout its entire time with Insurgo, from collection through to ultimate destruction.
We collect your tape media with two security-cleared drivers, before transporting your tapes directly to our secure facility, equipped with 24/7 security systems. We provide you with full visibility and accountability, with your tapes being tracked through every step of the process.
Our revolutionary process, KIT, is the most effective and environmentally-friendly process to securely remove all traces of data from tape.
KIT works by running a carefully designed non-wearing magnetic head over the full length of the tape which removes all trace of recoverable data, but leaves the tape servo intact. This means that, whilst there is absolutely no data left on the tape, it is reusable as certified tape media.
Verified and tested by The University of South Wales, KIT was developed to deliver guaranteed data erasure whilst enabling the reuse of the tapes, making the tape disposal process better for both security and the environment.
KIT leaves no trace of readable data on tapes, with absolutely no chance of recovery. That’s why government departments and large organisations that need absolute data security choose Insurgo Media’s KIT process to erase their tape media. KIT is only available through Insurgo Media.
You can be confident that your data is completely safe throughout the entire KIT process from secure collection right through to ultimate destruction. We collect your tape media with two security-cleared drivers and transported directly to our secure facility, for storage under 24/7 security systems before being processed and erased. As there are no data-reading drives involved in the KIT process, there is no opportunity for a data leak. We give you full visibility and accountability, with tapes tracked through every step of the process.
If you would prefer your tapes to stay on your premises, you can choose on-site KIT, where we use the same verified process to destroy your data at a location of your choice. Contact our team to find out how our KIT process can help your organisation dispose of tape data.
Just like our KIT process, SWAT guarantees all data is completely removed from tape, however, SWAT completely destroys the magnetic servo tracks of the tape so it can not be reused. It is a complete tape destruction solution.
During the SWAT process, unlike more traditional data disposal methods, the entirety of the tape is exposed to the degaussing magnet, making for a more effective and guaranteed data erasing process.
As each tape is individually chip scanned during the processes, SWAT can provide full visibility and verification that all data has been removed from each tape. We ensure that there is complete transparency and security for our customers throughout the entire SWAT process.
SWAT is also offered as an on-site solution, with tapes processed at a location of your choice.
Dependent on the requirements of your organisation, in some cases you may need to find an on-site solution for your tape disposal, therefore we have both our KIT and SWAT tape disposal processes available on site. We can also provide alternative solutions to support on-site tape erasure, from degaussers to disposal boxes.
As security and the protection of data is the fundamental focus here at Insurgo Media, we would not recommend our customers place any risk, no matter how small, on any tape erasure process that does not guarantee and verify that all data will be removed. However we appreciate that for some organisations lower levels of security may be sufficient, therefore we can offer alternative methods of tape disposal if requested.
Partnered with Greensafe, we can offer a tape shredding service that is ideal for organisations looking for a safe, secure and documented data destruction solution.
Data tape shredding is a common form of tape media disposal. As the name suggests, the process involves the shredding of tapes, in which the cartridge is physically destroyed. If your company has high-security standards, shredding alone is an ineffective way of removing all traces of data from tape media, and so we would recommend the service is used in conjunction with tape degaussing.
During the degaussing process the tape is exposed to an intense magnetic field which distorts the data. The method is often used for hardware, such as hard drives, disks, cassettes and reels.
Degaussing pulls data tracks of a tape apart, which deems the tape un-reusable, which means this is not an eco-friendly solution. Using high energy degaussing equipment, Insurgo Media Services can offer degaussing services for all types of backup tape, from LTO to open reel, giving you a secure, fully traceable tape disposal solution.
With our end-to-end accountability, we can track and verify that every tape has been degaussed. As well as offering secure collection and processing in our facilities, we can offer on-site tape degaussing services.
As well as giving our customers full traceability and accountability throughout all of our disposal solutions, we are able to provide bespoke reporting to suit the requirements of our customers.
Whether it’s the serial numbers of all the erased tapes or an in-depth look at how many times they had been drive-mounted through-life. Or perhaps the volume of data that has been erased in the process.
This behind the scenes look at the process can provide some valuable insight to many of our customers and be a useful resource for their data management records.
Disposing of tapes with Insurgo could earn your organisation money back: By utilising the KIT process to dispose of your tape media, you allow your old tapes to be reused as certified tape media. Of course, this would eliminate your need to buy new tape and greatly lessen your environmental impact, but if the tapes are no longer suitable for your organisation we may offer you a monetary sum for those tapes so that we can pass on their benefits to other customers.
Get in touch with our team to find the best tape disposal route for you.