The Persistence of Memory:
A Data Erasure Standard That Refuses to Die
What is it about DoD 5220.22M? Find out how the standard was born and why it’s time for it to die
Do you still reference DoD 5220.22M when issuing RFPs or requesting drive erasure services from ITAD providers? If so, consider this: the 3-pass approach to sanitization is no longer relevant for the types of drives we use today. Since it’s unlikely you have any equipment still in service that would require 3-pass processing, it’s time to embrace NIST SP 800-88.
Find out more about how DoD 5220.22M became the default ITAD industry data erasure standard, discover why it’s been superseded, and learn more about your current drive sanitization options.
Some highlights from The Persistence of Memory:
- Multi-pass erasure protocols date back to 1996 and were based on technologies going as far back as 1966
- When the DoD referenced methods for data destruction, they never intended their recommendations to be applied to commercial businesses
- Technology has changed over the years and the DoD no longer references 5220.22M. Find out about its replacement, NIST SP 800-88
Visit our ITAD data destruction page to learn more about our data sanitization solutions and services.
Stephen Tong 2018-11-30