AUTOMATION is an authorised distributor for Proton Data Security, a certified small business specializing in the design, manufacturing and sales of data security products for permanent erasure of hard drives, tapes and optical media. Our products have helped clients protect their sensitive data for over 25 years and comply with data security regulations.
Proton Data Security is a certified small business specializing in the design, manufacturing and sales of data security products for permanent erasure of hard drives, tapes and optical media. Our products have helped clients protect their sensitive data for over 25 years and comply with data security regulations.
Proton Engineering, Inc, our exclusive design company, has worked closely with the NSA in developing many products. Several of our products are on the NSA and DoD approved list and use patented technology which sets us apart from the competition. Over the years they have established themselves as the most trusted source for data security products and have been awarded countless contracts from US DoD agencies. Their continued R&D keeps them at the forefront of the constantly changing data security industry and allows them to provide the latest technology and security solutions. As their Asian representatives, KSG offers their cutting edge technology for all your data security requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
An electrical or permanent magnet device which creates a magnetic field for the purpose of erasing data from storage devices (Hard Drives, Tapes, etc)
Unit of measurement of a magnetic field. 10,000 Gauss = 1 Tesla
Data is recorded magnetically on hard drives and tapes. Degaussing is accomplished by applying a strong enough magnetic field to “demagnetize” the media (hard drives, tapes, etc). During degaussing the magnetic media is passed through a powerful magnetic field to rearrange the pattern of the magnetic particles, completely removing any resemblance to the previously recorded signal.
No, some degaussers do not produce a strong enough magnetic field to sanitize newer media that has a higher coercivity.
Coercivity is the amount of field strength required to ensure Magnetic Media is erased (brought back to a blank/ zero state). Coercivity is measured in units known as “oersteds”.
Oersted is a unit of measurement. It describes the coercivity of the magnetic media (hard drives, storage tapes, etc).
No, data is not recorded magnetically on these devices. Degaussers are only effective on magnetic media (hard drives, DLT tapes, LTO tapes, floppy disks, etc.), not on solid state or flash media.
Certain tape formats can be reused after degaussing. However, hard drives, LTO and DLT tapes have certain components (servo track, timing track, control track, etc.), which are destroyed by degaussing, rendering it unusable. It is possible to reformat them if you send them back to the manufacturer…but given the relatively low cost of new hard drives it doesn’t really make sense to do that. The main thing to understand is that even though degaussing renders the hard drive / tape unusable, it is the safest way to protect your data by making sure it is forensically unrecoverable.
The National Security Agency (NSA), in the U.S., is the only organization that receives federal funding to test devices for properly sanitizing data from electronic media. If the devices pass all NSA testing they are placed on an Evaluated Products List. Devices on this list are approved to permanently erase data from media, including Classified and/or Top Secret data.