To reduce risk to the university, surplus equipment such as computers, tablets or mobile devices must be securely erased, or have their storage devices destroyed prior to disposal. Employees responsible for completing surplus asset disposal documentation are responsible for ensuring all university data and software licenced to the university are securely removed.
All data on university-owned computers is potentially sensitive which means if you are disposing of a computer containing university data and/or personal identifiable information, it is not enough to erase data by simply deleting the files on your hard drive. Removable storage media such CDs, DVDs, zip disks, CompactFlash, etc. must also be securely erased, retained by the department or disposed of by secure means.
We recommend the use of secure erasure tools such as Darik's Boot And Nuke (DBAN). DBAN is a free, self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. The software and instructions are available on the DBAN website.