Data Erasure & Media Destruction Services

From data centre storage arrays to smartphones or flash drives, sensitive business data can easily propagate throughout an enterprise, creating a huge challenge for those responsible for data security. Moreover, this challenge is often intensified by strict regulatory requirements and recycling restrictions.

Whether the need is for a onetime digital media shredding project or an ongoing, process integrated solution, the SMS Data Erasure and Media Destruction service can help businesses overcome these challenges while also creating an environment for added workflow efficiencies and cost savings.

Service benefits:
  • Global availability
  • Cross-functional, multi-platform experienced team
  • Single or coordinated multi-site projects
  • Onsite or offsite media destruction/ shredding
  • Complies with regulatory requirements
  • Certificates of erasure or destruction for all devices
  • Provides greater control, flexibility and scalability for one-time projects or complete process integration
  • Environmentally responsible processes (SMS follows the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive - WEEE Directive and ISO9001)
Service value:
  • Creates added efficiencies in IT operation workflows
  • Reduces IT management and staff burden
  • Reduces employee overhead
  • Generates a greater ROI
  • Free access to SMS Supportal for ongoing IT asset record keeping and management
Data Erasure and Media Destruction service highlights:
  • Global availability
  • Complies with industry standards for data security:
    • DOD 5220.22-M(E) 3-Pass
    • DOD 5220.22-M(ECE) 7-Pass
    • NIST 800.88
  • Meets environmental standards (SMS follows the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive - WEEE Directive and ISO9001)
  • Cross-functional, multi-platform experienced team
  • Single, multi-site or ongoing projects
  • Operational process integration options
  • Standard service includes:
    • Inventory and audit of the decommissioned devices
    • Erasure service for data bearing devices (onsite or offsite)
    • Media destruction (onsite or offsite)
    • Certificates of erasure or destruction for each device
  • Available for all data bearing devices including:
    • Hard drives
    • Tapes
    • Smartphones
    • PDAs
    • Flash drives
    • Network devices
    • And more
  • Optional service features include:
    • Disk shredding (onsite or offsite)
    • Tape shredding (onsite or offsite)
    • Re-marketing and sale of the equipment
    • Equipment recycling
    • Secure onsite hardware collection bins
    • Scheduled hardware pick-ups
    • Process integration services

​Standards compliant and environmentally responsible.​


We use standards compliant systems and applications to complete all data erasure and media destruction services to meet the most stringent requirements. These globally accepted standards include:

  • DOD 5220.22-M(E) 3-Pass
  • DOD 5220.22-M(ECE) 7-Pass
  • NIST 800.88.

And because SMS follows the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive - WEEE Directive and ISO9001, all recycling processes are carried out following strict guidelines which are approved by the United Kingdom Environment Agency and regularly audited by the Basal Action Network to ensure ongoing compliance.

In addition, we provide a full inventory and audit for all decommissioned IT assets and include a certificate of erasure or destruction for all sanitised media, and a chain of custody record for every recycled IT asset. Upon request, these records can be posted to SMS Supportal.

Simplifying workflows to increase efficiency and reduce management burden.


A key value proposition of the SMS Data Erasure and Media Destruction service for its clients is its ability to be fully integrated into operational process workflows, providing greater control, flexibility and scalability to keep pace with a business’ continually evolving IT environment. This integration can include:

  • IT asset disposition processes, where we can sanitise all decommissioned IT assets before they are disposed of
  • IT asset repurposing processes, where we can sanitise all IT assets before they are moved to other areas of a business and put back into production
  • IT hardware RMA processes, where we can sanitise all IT hardware that is being returned to the OEM for warranty replacement.

This process integration can also include features such as secure onsite storage bins for hardware collection and regularly scheduled hardware pick-ups. Our Data Erasure and Media Destruction service also complements our other IT support offerings such as IT Hardware Maintenance and Support and/or IT Asset Disposition services and includes the option of combined billing.


With a strategic combination of skill, experience, flexibility and global reach, no other company can compete with the benefits and value of the Data Erasure and Media Destruction services provided by SMS. Don't let sensitive business data fall into the wrong hands, let us help mitigate the risk by simplifying the challenge.