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Guidelines for Media Sanitization



Richard L. Kissel, Andrew R. Regenscheid, Matthew A. Scholl, Kevin M. Stine


Media sanitization refers to a process that renders access to target data on the media infeasible for a given level of effort. This guide will assist organizations and system owners in making practical sanitization decisions based on the categorization of confidentiality of their information.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-88 Rev 1
Report Number
800-88 Rev 1


media sanitization, ensuring confidentiality, sanitization tools and methods, media types, mobile devices with storage, crypto erase, secure erase
Created December 17, 2014, Updated November 10, 2018