Data Destruction and Data Security 101

What they are and how they can safeguard your company’s information

By Tyler Elpers

Contrary to popular belief, data destruction is not as easy as hitting a hard drive or laptop with a hammer as hard as you can in hopes to destroy any containing information. In that same vein, data security doesn’t mean keeping all your passwords in the notes app on your password-protected phone. In both regards, keeping your data safe is a much more involved and important process than that.

Why Securing Data is Important

The need for data security and data destruction is growing by the year as technology evolves and we see more and more businesses and corporations move from their offices and into their homes. With this shift, it’s now more common for employees to be tracking critical information in their own networks and keeping the physical copies out of the file cabinet. Due to this change in business practice, hacking and computer espionage have also increased. Causing everyone from the corporate world to mom-and-pop shops to search for additional ways to protect their sensitive information other than keeping it in the cloud.

There are two common ways for companies to keep track of their data, data destruction and data security. In this guide, we’re going to cover exactly what both of those are and how they can fit into your business practices. 

Data Destruction

According to, data destruction is the process of destroying data stored on tapes, hard disks, and other forms of electronic media so that it’s completely unreadable and cannot be accessed or used for unauthorized purposes. You will commonly find sensitive data on hard drives and solid-state drives located in computers, laptops, and servers. 

How it Works

The act of destroying data can come in many forms but the most recommended and effective method of doing so is shredding the data-containing device in an industrial shredder. C&I uses a device called, AMF-750 HD-SSD by Amerishred to ensure your information is completely destroyed and can never be accessed again. 

So please refrain from taking a hammer to your used devices and let our professionals handle it.

To see our data destruction process in action, check out the video below. 


Is Data Destruction Right for You?

If your electronics are at the end of their lifecycle and can no longer be used, this is the best option for you. Data destruction will wipe your devices completely of data before they move on to the next step of the recycling process. 

Other Forms of Data Destruction

Another way to keep your information safe is a method called data sanitization. This form of data destruction is also effective but involves a more complicated process than just running a device through a shredder. With sanitization, the storage device is wiped of all its information little by little, usually via a machine. This will ensure the hard drive is totally cleared of all its data but still usable. The continued life of electronic devices and their components is a key aspect of our mission at C&I.

Data Security 

So now that we’ve covered data destruction, you’re probably wondering how it differs from data security. For starters, no physical changes (especially hammers) are involved in data security. According to, data security refers to the process of protecting data from unauthorized access and data corruption throughout its lifecycle. Data security has much less to do with the physical destruction of data but rather the practice of keeping data secure. 

An important aspect of data security is the information’s chain of custody. Meaning, the process in which the data is being collected, safeguarded, and analyzed. When C&I, a certified R2 recycling company, handles your electronic waste, a secure chain of custody is always kept at the center point of all of our operations. This ensures that your devices and information are safe during every single step of our process. Chain of custody is about fortifying that trust with you to show how seriously we take the responsibility of protecting you and your data.

How We Maintain Data Security 

Whether you would like to destroy, sanitize, or recycle your electronics with C&I, your devices are always under close watch. We maintain security by providing locked containers for hard drives or solid-state drives. We are also headquartered in a secure facility with access control, cameras, and alarms. Last, but certainly not least, we document and track your materials through the various stages of our process to ensure nothing goes unaccounted for.


While data destruction physically removes the data from the devices and data security is a thorough process of wiping your electronics clean, they both are working toward the same goal. Keeping your information safe. On top of these actions, when you work with C&I, you’re working with a certified recycling facility that takes every precaution possible to secure your data and give you peace of mind. 

Whether you decide your company needs data destruction or data security, we’ve got you covered.

To learn more or contact us today.