Security Engineered Machinery Releases Information Destruction 101 for Executive Branch Agencies

June 9, 2020 at 1:46 pm by Paul Falcone

Security Engineered Machinery (SEM), global leader in classified end-of-life data destruction, released Information Destruction 101, a comprehensive informational presentation for Executive branch agencies. The presentation breaks down the latest destruction requirements from the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Evaluated Product Lists as well as the Information Security Oversight Office’s (ISOO) latest Notices regarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). SEM released the presentation in response to numerous mandate and classification changes for sensitive information that have occurred over the past two years.

Within the presentation, viewers can learn the latest requirements for the destruction of classified, CUI, and Unclassified materials including paper, optical media (including CDs, DVDs, and BDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs), and other small electronic media devices. For example, classified and CUI paper must be destroyed to a 1mm x 5mm final particle size, which is outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-88 and referenced by both the NSA and ISOO.

“It can be overwhelming to assimilate the various regulatory requirements for classified, CUI, and sensitive end-of-life data destruction in the federal space,” commented Heidi White, SEM’s Director of Marketing and presenter in the Information Destruction 101. “Providing the most up-to-date information in an easy to digest format seemed like the ideal way to assist our executive agency partners in understanding all of the intricacies of information end-of-life destruction requirements.”

SEM has long been at the forefront of educating both the data destruction industry and the executive branch agencies with whom they partner. Since developing the world’s first disintegrator for the United States Navy over 50 years ago, SEM has been vigilant in developing technology and equipment to meet each new destruction mandate.

“It is our responsibility to our partners around the world that we take the often-complicated wording of government policy and break it down into simple, direct messages,” said Bryan Cunic, Director of Sales at SEM. “We’re happy to have this resource available to anyone for training or educational purposes.”

The presentation can be found on SEM’s website, along with other resources to aid in understanding the NSA’s Evaluated Products Lists, CUI mandates, and other industry information security regulations.