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Phone: +49 7243 20000-141
The protection of your data is our top priority. With Blancco, we erase your data media reliably and audit-proof. As proof, you receive auditable deletion reports from AfB. We have more than 18 years of experience in the field of data erasure and data media destruction. More than 1000 partners across Europe trust in AfB social & green IT.
Data media destruction and data erasure for magnetic hard disks and SSDs as well as other storage media
We advise you on various erasure methods and international erasure standards. For secure data erasure, we rely on the certified erasure software Blancco.
Our data erasure meets the following criteria, for example:
Data carriers that cannot be completely erased or whose erasure would be uneconomical are mechanically shredded by AfB in accordance with DIN 66399. Depending on the type of data carrier, we adhere to the following security levels:
We would be happy to advise you on our data erasure methods and how to handle defective or remapped sectors, HPA/DCO areas, SSDs and mobile devices. For secure data erasure, we rely on Blancco's globally recognized erasure software with component recognition. As an AfB partner you have 24/7 access to our online portal. There you can see the status of your equipment and have your data destruction certificates sent to you.
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AfB's information security management system is certified to the globally recognised standard ISO 27001. We comply with standardised guidelines for our entire service. In addition, our core process is certified in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
With at least 250,000 Blancco licences used per year, AfB is Europe's only non-profit Blancco Platinum Partner. We guarantee the secure data destruction of your commercial hardware and buy your decomissioned IT equipment (depending on condition and age, among other things) at fair prices. We would be happy to advise you.
Depending on the type of data carrier, we delete data as follows:
Info on defective and remapped sectors as well as HPA and DCO areas
Modern hard disks use various functions for self-tests, internal repair mechanisms and to control their own state. One of these functions is "swapping out sectors". It enables the hard disk to detect individual sectors that can no longer be accessed either at the moment or in the near future. Hard disks have so-called reserve areas that are released for exactly this purpose. If a faulty sector is detected, its address is assigned to a sector from the reserve area. Users can then no longer access the faulty sectors. Such "misplaced or remapped sectors" may contain user data and must therefore be deleted as part of a professional data destruction process.
Hard disks can contain damaged areas that can no longer be accessed with read and write commands and thus can no longer be used. These areas are called "physically defective sectors". The professional data erasure software Blancco detects defective sectors and documents them in the erasure report. If the overwriting of the sectors cannot be carried out completely due to HDD errors, Blancco attempts to write a data block to the faulty area. This procedure is repeated until the smallest possible block is written to the HDD. If this is also not possible after three attempts, this sector is marked as "physically defective".
Data erasure with professional erasure software meets very high data protection requirements, just like the mechanical destruction of data media and smartphones by shredder. In addition, erased devices can be refurbished and remarketed. This promotes circular economy in the IT sector. Learn more about the socio-ecological impact we achieve through data destruction and refurbishment of IT hardware.
NIST 800-88 ist eine Richtlinie zum Umgang und zur Löschung vertraulicher Informationen des National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Die NIST Guidelines empfehlen firmwarebasierte Löschverfahren für eine sichere Datenlöschung. In der Regel benötigen diese Löschverfahren nur eine Überschreibungsrunde, dennoch ist der Prozess viel sicherer und schneller als der DoD-Standard. Anwendbar ist dieses Verfahren bei modernen Flash-Speichern, wie z.B. SSDs und bei Magnetspeichern, wie z.B. HDDs.
NIST 800-88 is a guideline for handling and deleting confidential information from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The NIST guidelines recommend firmware-based erasure procedures for secure data erasure. In general, these erasure procedures require only one round of overwriting, yet the process is much more secure and faster than the DoD standard. This procedure can be applied to modern flash memories, such as SSDs, and to magnetic memories, such as HDDs.
The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has developed guiding questions for companies in its "IT-Grundschutz Katalog", with the help of which companies can determine which type of data deletion is necessary and safe for them. Companies must check which data carriers (e.g. HDDs, SSDs or magnetic tapes) and data types are present in order to then decide how the data on them can be deleted in compliance with the law.
If companies decide for software-based data erasure, the data carriers can be reused. Therefore, entrust your undeleted IT hardware to a professional refurbisher like AfB social & green IT. As a Blancco Platinum Partner, we are experts in the field of audit-proof data erasure and guarantee ISO 27001-certified information security in our process.
Alle Partner-Unternehmen der AfB erhalten einen 24/7-Zugriff auf unser hauseigenes Warenwirtschaftssystem. Darin können Sie den Bearbeitungsstatus der Geräte nachverfolgen und sich automatisiert Löschberichte und Datenvernichtungsnachweise zusenden lassen.