Data Destruction Standards

Regulatory Compliance

SRS follows procedures that are in compliance with regulatory standards. We offer services to completely destroy data across a wide variety of devices including magnetic and solid state drives.

NIST 800-88-r1, Guidelines for Media Sanitation

National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-88 r1 Guidelines (NIST 800-88r1), published in December 2014, is the most commonly cited guidelines used in the United States. NIST provides guidelines for data destruction for:

  • Hard copy (paper) storage sanitization
  • Networking device sanitization
  • Mobile device sanitization
  • Equipment sanitization
  • Magnetic media sanitization
  • Peripherally attached storage sanitization
  • Optical media sanitization
  • Flash memory based storage device sanitization
  • RAM and ROM based storage device sanitization
  • Cryptographic erase considerations

SRS follows procedures that are in strict compliance with NIST 800-88-Rev1, in the US.

View NIST 800-88-r1 standard here

HMG IA Standard No. 5

In the U.K. the Cabinet Office’s HMG’s Security Policy Framework (SPF) mandates that sensitive data must be destroyed in line with HMG Information Assurance Standard No 5 – Secure Sanitisation of Protectively Marked or Sensitive Information. Most companies require adherence to this standard. There is a specific mandate within this standard related to data destruction, listing 6 Business Impact Levels (BILs). SRS delivers guaranteed residual data destruction services which meet all BILs.

View HMG IA Standard No. 5


SRS Germany uses shredding technology that complies with the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz), as well as the new DIN-66399 regulations up to security levels H4 / H5.

View DIN-66399 standard

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