Disposing of assets
We have several different physical and digital information assets in our control at our organization, all of which are likely to reach the end of their life cycle eventually.
How do we go about ensuring the secure disposal of those assets? It's likely we're not able to just throw sensitive financial documents or the CEO's laptop into the trash, making those information assets unprotected, waiting for a dumpster-diving malicious actor.
ISO 27001 mentions two controls on the topic of information disposal:
- "Media shall be disposed of securely when no longer required, using formal procedures." (A.8.3.2).
- "All items of equipment containing storage media shall be verified to ensure that any sensitive data and licensed software has been removed or securely overwritten prior to disposal or re-use." (A.11.2.7).
As a result, in order to comply with the standard, you should define your organization's requirements...