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NIST Special Publication 800-88, Revision 1: Guidelines for Media Sanitization



Andrew R. Regenscheid, Larry Feldman, Gregory A. Witte


NIST has published an updated version of Special Publication (SP) 800-88, Guidelines for Media Sanitization. SP 800-88 Revision 1 provides guidance to assist organizations and system owners in making practical sanitization decisions based on the categorization of confidentiality of their information. Media sanitization refers to a process that renders access to target data on the media infeasible for a given level of effort. Information disposition and sanitization decisions occur throughout the information system life cycle.
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Regenscheid, A. , Feldman, L. and Witte, G. (2015), NIST Special Publication 800-88, Revision 1: Guidelines for Media Sanitization, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created February 5, 2015, Updated February 19, 2017