Re: [OxLUG] Need some oldish PC's

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Author: John Kennedy
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To: Oxfordshire Linux User Group Discussion List
Subject: Re: [OxLUG] Need some oldish PC's


Simon Dales wrote:
> On Wednesday 11 Feb 2009 08:19, John Kennedy wrote:
>> Unfortunately the company I work for has a requirement to destroy the
>> hard drives and memory of any machine that is taken out of service so I
>> can't help.
>
> Destroying the hard disk sounds just about justifiable, but why the RAM?
>
> Even HD distruction is only marginally justifiable: booting into a HD zapper
> application can destroy the disk contents fairly automatically. Some of them
> overwrite several times so that even GCHQ would have difficulty recovering
> the original data. The only issue is the QA of this process.
>


Due to the nature of the data we handle we err on the side of caution to
prevent this data from leaving the company. I can not even enter some
areas with any writable media (including my mobile) or it becomes a
permenant fixture in that room (until it is destroyed).
John