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The Importance of Reconciliation in Data Destruction Compliance

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One of the critical aspects of data destruction compliance is the ability to account for every data-bearing device (DBD). Reconciliation documents are essential to prove that 100% of DBDs have been properly destroyed. This step ensures that no devices are lost, stolen, or improperly handled, thereby safeguarding sensitive information.

Why Reconciliation Documents Matter:
Ensuring that your organization can present thorough reconciliation documents is crucial for data destruction compliance. Here’s why:

  • End-of-Life Service Providers and Reconciliation: Many data destruction vendors do not offer full end-of-life services, which includes the final step of reconciling inventory. Without participating in the reconciliation process, these vendors leave gaps in the chain of custody, increasing the risk of data breaches.
  • Verification and Insider Threats: Verification is key to proving that DBDs have been destroyed. Without it, organizations cannot confirm that devices haven’t been stolen or diverted, potentially ending up on the Dark Web or in the hands of organized crime. Proper reconciliation ensures that every device is accounted for and that there are no discrepancies.
  • Reporting and the SEC 96-Hour Rule: Many organizations discover that over 6% of DBDs are unaccounted for but fail to investigate or report these incidents. With the new SEC 96-hour rule, organizations are now required to report unaccounted DBDs within 96 hours. Failing to do so can lead to significant regulatory penalties and damage to reputation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Partner with full end-of-life service providers who participate in the reconciliation process.
  • Implement rigorous verification procedures to ensure all DBDs are accounted for.
  • Investigate and report any unaccounted DBDs promptly to comply with the SEC 96-hour rule.

Reconciliation documents are a critical component of data destruction compliance. By ensuring that 100% of DBDs are accounted for, organizations can protect sensitive information and avoid regulatory issues. Stay tuned for our next post, where we will explore the different methods of data sanitization and how to choose the right method for your needs.

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