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Data Sanitisation

Are you planning to retire your old IT assets? Remember to destroy all data before recycling or sale.

Data Sanitisation is a process which permanently and irreversibly destroy the data from storage devices.

IT Asset Disposition process plays significant role in asset lifecycle for any business. Not managing the process correctly can cause data breaches. Deleting or formatting storage devices simply is not enough.

Secure IT Recycling Ltd offer data destruction to UK Government NCSC and CC EAL3+ standards with certificated proof of erasure for every hard drive.

We use Certus software which is one of the leading products on the market certified by National Cyber Security Centre, NATO/OTAN, Common Criteria EAL3+ so currently the highest security standards awarded by the EU for data erasure. Certus Software has the full infrastructure to ensure it is compliant with GDPR and NIST 800-88.

There are multiple patterns to choose from when erasing data.

The standard one which we follow and used across many clients is British HMG IS5 Enhanced.


If you have specific requirements in terms of data destruction, here is a list of available patterns:

British HMG IS5 Enhanced

British HMG IS5 Baseline

Bruce Schneier

Canadian OPS-II

Gutmann Algorithm


NAVSO P-5329-26


NSA 130-2

Russian GOST R 50739-95

US Air Force 5020

US DoD 5220.22-M

US DoD 5220.22-ECE

ATA Secure Erase

ATA Sanitize Block Erase

ATA Sanitize Crypto Scramble



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