It is important to handle company-sensitive information with care. For example, when you switch to new computers or when you want to empty a laptop and pass it on to another employee. In these cases, you can have the data wiped or the data destroyed. Qualified Networks can help you with this.

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What is data wiping?

Data wiping is the safe and permanent removal of your business sensitive information from hard drives, laptops, computers and other equipment that may contain data. Data erasure is performed with special equipment that ensures that all your data is permanently and securely erased. Your hard drive will continue to be intact and you will prevent the possible leakage of data.

Qualified Networks uses YouWipe and others to easily erase the hard drive. After your data is deleted, you will receive a tamper-proof certificate of deletion with a detailed audit trail to meet internal or external audit requirements.


Data wiping vs. formatting

Formatting a hard drive or other equipment is less effective than data wiping. With formatting, the information that has been “erased” remains on the hard drive. This information is no longer visible to you, however, the data is still present and can be restored.

With data wiping, the data is actually deleted, it is not present after this and cannot be restored. This makes data wiping more effective than formatting the hard drive.


Advantages data wiping

  • Data wiping allows you to safely give your equipment a second life.
  • Data wiping responds to Article 17 of the GDPR which requires you to be able to delete data from computers and hard drives.
  • Data is really deleted with data wiping as opposed to hard drive formatting.
  • With our certificate, you can prove that the data wiping has been completed successfully, according to strict professional standards.

Roadmap data wiping or data destruction

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Appointment scheduling

Together we will schedule an appointment for us to pick up the equipment at your place. We do not perform data wiping on site.

Pick up/drop off of the equipment

We will pick up the equipment at your location.

Data wiping of destruction

We will work with your equipment to completely erase or destroy it.


Data destruction

At Qualified Networks, our preference in most cases is to delete data. This is because in this way the hardware remains intact and can be reused by other organizations. If you would still prefer your hard drive to be completely destroyed then of course we offer you that option as well. We do the destruction of the hard disk with a degausser (DEG-20CL). The hard disk is a magnetic object. The degausser demagnetizes the hard drive by creating a magnetic field to which the hard drive is exposed. The data on the hard drive is thus destroyed. Thus, degaussing is not effective for flash memories because they are not magnetic data carriers.

Because we at Qualified Networks have a lot of knowledge about the degausser you can always be sure that all your data is really destroyed. Thus, we not only ensure that the magnetic field is strong enough, but also that the hard disk is sufficiently exposed to it. After this, the hard drive is completely destroyed and can no longer be used.


Degausser vs. physical destruction

Physical destruction of the hard drive can be done by crushing it with a shredder, bending it with a crusher, or piercing it with a puncher. In all three of these methods, the hard drive becomes damaged. However, the magnetic signal on the platters (the physical disks of the hard drive) remains. With the right equipment, the information can be read out. The hard drive may be physically broken, but the information can still be read out.

With the degausser, the magnetic fields of the hard drive are broken, which makes it impossible to read the information. This makes the degausser more effective than physical destruction. Demagnetization is the only guaranteed form of safe hard drive destruction.


Why choose Qualified Networks?

At Qualified Networks, the security of your data is paramount. By working with certified partners such as YouWipe and using the degausser, we can guarantee with 100% certainty that the data deleted cannot be recovered. You will always receive a tamper-proof certificate of the deleted or destroyed equipment. This way, you can trust us to erase or destroy all data from your equipment.

YouWipe is recognized and successfully certified to rigorous professional standards by government and independent security organizations such as NATO, the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Common Criteria (EAL +3), the Netherlands General Intelligence and Security Service, the Finnish National Cybter Security Centre (TRAFICOM) and ADISA (UK Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance.

In addition, YouWipe complies with strict government regulations and industry standards such as GDPR, HIPAA, FACTA, PCI, DSS, SOx and the Data Protection Act.


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