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Hard Drive Sanitize Policy





Purpose

To maintain data confidentiality by preventing access to information previously stored on workstations transferred to new users or destined for surplus.

Disk Sanitizing Policy

Before a University-owned workstation is sent from Penn State Shenango to surplus, the non-removable hard drive(s) shall be “sanitized” (i.e., all data removed in a manner that prevents subsequent recovery) before the computer leaves the Shenango campus. If a workstation is transferred from one primary user to another, its hard drive(s) shall be sanitized at the time of transfer.

The method for sanitizing hard drives shall be approved by the I.T. Office and comply with applicable security guidelines established by the United States Department of Defense. I.T. staff shall follow the Disk Sanitizing Procedure.