International Certifications: TechR2 Client Reach Demands
Why does Columbus, Ohio based TechR2 have so many expensive, difficult to earn, difficult to maintain, globally respected certifications?
Why are standards critical to controlling data eradication processes?
Why should e-waste not use destruction technologies meant for paper?
When building anything, it is important to create a solid foundation to assure customers that quality, security, safety and environmental impact are fundamental to your organization. By maintaining the full suite of relevant internationally recognized certifications (five in total), TechR2 has created a patent-pending process of data eradication that is easy to perform because our processes have to meet specifications that are globally accepted, instead of not adhering to any regulatory or industry guidelines, leading to cheaply developed, insecure data destruction.
An example of this unfortunate trend is in the shredding industry itself. Many of these paper shredding companies have taken document shredding to the security managers of the hard drive data eradication arena. The security managers of these companies were familiar and comfortable with paper shredding, so when they needed a solution for destroying their data bearing devices, they welcomed the shredding technique.
So what is the problem? The NSA says the particle size for shredding hard drives is 2 millimeters and the shredders are not following it. In addition, many of these shredders tried processing e-waste in offices but learned that employees became sick. Instead, these companies jeopardized security protocols by processing hard drives in an unsecure parking lot. Yes, we can see that chopping up paper is an easy solution for shredders, but making their low technology solution available for data bearing devices, which are far too complex for these simple machines, is absurd.
So what if the shredding companies had a stronger foundation in quality? In security? In safety? In environmental impact?
They would be doing their techniques inside the data center and not in the unsecure parking lot. They would not have workers who are processing e-waste walking in your facility wearing contaminated clothing. They would meet the NSA specification for particle size, because not doing so jeopardizes the origination’s security. They would be meeting industry standards and they would be internally audited against those criteria. And the list goes on. Bottom line, they are not willing to invest in the cost of truly secure data destruction – but TechR2 is and we have been practicing according to these quality standards for years.
A local representative using shredders told me that they could meet the NSA specification, but that would cost more. Wow. This so-called data eradication company’s standard practice is not to meet specifications unless the customer is educated enough to ask. This is why more education to companies is needed to ensure high quality, security, safety and environmental impact.