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A UK and Australian Study of Hard Disk Disposal
ECU Publications Pre. 2011
  • Craig Valli, Edith Cowan University
  • Andrew Jones, Edith Cowan University
Publication Date
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
School of Computer and Information Science, ECU
Computing, Health and Science
Computer and Information Science, Centre for Security Research
This article was originally published as: Valli, C., & Jones, A. (2005). A UK and Australian Study of Hard Disk Disposal. Proceedings of 3rd Australian Computer, Network and Information Forensics Conference. (pp. 74-78). Perth, Western Australia. School of Computer and Information Science, ECU. Original article available here

Recent studies in Australia and the United Kingdom indicate that a broad cross-section of organisations are failing to adequately protect or erase confidential data stored on hard disk drives before subsequent disposal. Over 90% of hard disks that were examined as a result of the two Independent studies were in an easily recoverable state with some drives simply requiring a boot. This paper will give an overview and comparison of the two studies conducted. Then an examination of possible factors responsible for the inadequate erasure of hard disk devices will be undertaken. Furthermore, possible future research directions will also be explored

Citation Information
Craig Valli and Andrew Jones. "A UK and Australian Study of Hard Disk Disposal" (2005)
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