Re: [OxLUG] Need some oldish PC's

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Author: John Kennedy
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).