NIST 800-88 Certificate of Destruction

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed Guidelines for Media Sanitization – NIST 800-88.  This document assists organizations in implementing a media sanitization program consistent with the security level of the information or data to be destroyed. 

NIST 800-88 “Guidelines for Media Sanitization” Certificate of Destruction requires additional details for the digital media being destroyed than just the hard drive serial number. NIST requires, among other things, the make and model of the hard drive as well as the source computer.  Basically, there needs to be a documented link from the hard drive being destroyed to the computer and/or user. 

The following document is only a portion of the guidelines set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  We have worked with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to destroy digital media for NASA in accordance with NIST 800-88.  See our process for digital media destruction.

NIST 800-88 Required Documentation

NIST 800-88 reporting requirement for digital media destruction