What is NIST 800-88?
NIST SP 800-88 Revision 1 provides guidance to assist organizations and system owners in making practical sanitization decisions based on the categorization of confidentiality of their information.
What is media sanitization?
Media sanitization refers to a process that renders access to target data on the media infeasible for a given level of effort. Information disposition and sanitization decisions occur throughout the information system life cycle.
What is data destruction?
The process of destroying data that is stored on your hard drives, tapes and other electronic media, in a manner that the data is no longer readable. This prevents unauthorized users from accessing your sensitive information after a piece of hardware has been repurposed or decommissioned. While simply deleting the data will make it inaccessible to your operating system, a skilled hacker would be able to easily retrieve the information unless more drastic measures are taken.