A couple of generations ago, a mention of data destruction might conjure images of office workers feeding documents into shredding machines. With the advent of the personal computer, Internet and big data, things have become a little more complex. Today, data destruction refers to destroying magnetic and optical media, including disks, tapes, and flash media such that the information cannot be read, accessed or used. In this white paper, we’ll discuss the factors to consider when you need to dispose of your data bearing devices, and the various means at your disposal. As we shall see, simple deletion is not a reliable means of data destruction.