Data Destruction: Tracking Tape Media through End-of-Life

Data Destruction: Tracking Tape Media through End-of-Life


Confidential customer data must be safeguarded, which includes the data destruction and tracking tape media through end-of-life. When confidential data media are destroyed, events surrounding the process must be tracked for auditing purposes: media ID, date, who completed the destruction, who witnessed the destruction, and an interface to resolve any anomalies.



The workflow processes of pulling data media and staging them for destruction requires multiple steps, and each step must be tracked.

Roles and privileges must be set for each person to limit access for destruction actions. As an example, roles may be: enrolling data media for destruction, validating media for destruction hand-off, administrative access to reconcile anomalies, and read access for auditing and verification. In addition to action roles, observers should be included by scanning employee badges to ensure witnesses are properly attached to the process.

Under normal conditions, media are logged and handed off for destruction. On rare occasions, administrators need a way to resolve anomalies created due to processing mistakes or unanticipated scenarios.


EnaSys asset tracking provides a specific workflow interface for enrolling media for destruction:

  • Roles limit user access to each workflow
  • Multiple location access can be limited by individual security levels
  • Users are tracked and given security access via Active Directory login
  • Database access is controlled via Active Directory login
  • Every event is tracked for future reporting
  • Observers can be added to the destruction workflow by scanning their ID badge
  • Read-only access is available for auditor reports
  • Administrators have full editing access
  • Notes and pictures can be attached to individual media records describing anomalies
  • The workflow is optimized for the destruction process



People who destroy secure media need a process optimized for their workflow without cumbersome data entry, while at the same time providing detailed events for auditors. EnaSys media destruction protocol bridges the gap between optimized work in the field and tracking critical details for reporting. With a few clicks, everyone gets what they need.

To learn more about data destruction and tracking tape media through end-of-life, contact us now.