International Data Sanitization Consortium (IDSC)

What is Data Sanitization?

Data sanitization is the process of deliberately, permanently and irreversibly removing or destroying the data stored on a memory device to make it unrecoverable. A device, or the data, that has been sanitized has no usable residual data. Even with the assistance of advanced forensic tools, the data will never be recovered. There are three methods to achieve data sanitization: physical destruction, cryptographic erasure and data erasure.

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Our Mission

The International Data Sanitization Consortium’s mission is to eliminate the ambiguity around data sanitization terms, standards and guidelines to ensure organizations are adhering to, and receive, best practices in data sanitization.

Our Purpose

The purposes of the Consortium are to support the advancement of information technology in the area of data sanitization by building consensus around terminology, definitions, and best practices for data erasure, data lifecycle management, data security lifecycle and compliance with security and privacy laws, standards and regulations.

Our Vision

IDSC’s vision is to connect, educate and guide organizations and standards bodies on best practices to achieve data sanitization.

IDSC Members

IDSC members include educators, analysts, software vendors, hardware manufacturers, IT asset disposition companies and enterprise organizations. All members sign an agreement to adhere to the standard definitions developed by the Consortium.

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