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What kind of hardware would fall in the remit of a sanitization of corporate media policy?

Can you provide some examples, above / beyond hard drives out of workstations that are faulty or reached the end of their lifecycle.

Also (I am using NIST terminology on sanitisation) what is the difference between data wiping and media wiping?

I have also seen the term liscence sanitiaztion - what on earth is that?
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Top Expert 2007
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This may not be what you are looking for but there is a great explanation of DATA REMANENCE that you might be interested in here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_remanence
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Anything that serves as a memory device should fall under that category: USB flash drives, compact flash and other camera storage, optical media such as CDs and DVDs.

>I have also seen the term liscence sanitiaztion - what on earth is that?

Getting rid of licences no longer needed, making sure that existing licenses are compliant with what they are used for.

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WHat about other hardware like wireless AP's, routers, switches, firewalls etc?

What about mobile telephony?
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I would think firewalls, wireless AP's and networks in general fall under broader corporate security, not under corporate media.

Cell phones and mobile devices could fall under this category, but depend on how strict company policies are.  Trading firms are very strict about what is used in communication - only company-approved software and devices are allowed.

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I guess I am getting at all hardware that needs to be disposed of in the correct way to prevent info leakage if it got into the wrong hands
So devices such as APs, routers, switches may contain passwords, access-lists, IPs, etc which may give others hints as to your corporate infrastructure.  You must know how to wipe those before you dispose of them.

A bit of fun here -- get one of these if you can afford it, will solve this concern: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1_uvM-5xKs
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You should add company-provided wireless devices - netbooks, blackberrys, phones, iPads and other tablets, and devices which help support remote computing, including RSA key fobs.

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What is the typical lifespan of a:

router
switch
firewall
wireless AP
blackberry
iPad/phone


Can you provide any more examples on "devices which help support remote computing" ?

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whatout about printouts and backup tape for sanitization - surely theyd be included to?
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Top Expert 2012

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The equipment is likely to become outdated (5yrs) before it breaks, unless you have power surges frequently.

>devices which help support remote computing

modems

>whatout about printouts and backup tape for sanitization - surely theyd be included to?

I didn't think people use printouts anymore, but on the other hand, I see boxes of papers and tapes shipped to secure storage, especially legal documents that must be retained for a certain amount of time.

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