NAID seeks new methods for SSD

NAID seeks new methods for SSD data security

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The National Association for Information Destruction is now accepting applications from service providers willing to participate in research on the effectiveness of data-wiping methods for solid state storage devices.

Solid State Drives (SSDs) use less energy than conventional hard drives and don't rely on moving parts, making them more reliable. Because of these traits, they are widely used in smartphones, tablets, laptops and other mobile computing devices. However, the drives' construction also means that traditional data-sanitization methods are incompatible with SSD technology.

NAID expanded its NAID AAA Sanitization certification to include inspection of SSDs in 2011, and convened a task force of industry professionals in July 2012 to further refine definitions for data sanitization in SSDs. The current research will specifically look at sanitization methods for SSDs that meet the criteria previously established by NAID.

Six service providers will be asked to participate in the project and will be chosen from among the received applications. Both NAID members and non-members are encouraged to apply here.

The application period will be open until Sept. 30, and more information will be available at the NAID booth at the upcoming E-Scrap Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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NAND Flash Memory Used in Smartphones

Potential correction:Smartphones and many tablets (Android, IOS, etc) do not usually use solid state drives. They typically use NAND flash memory in a configuration that is closer to a USB flash drive. What typically makes SSDs so difficult to sanitize isn't the type of memory used, it's the super intelligent controller.Smartphones do not contain this type of controller and are a lot 'dumber' than a comparable SSD.