The Office of Inspector General, Health and Human Services shreds computer hard drives for secure digital data destruction. Watching over the spending of federal health dollars is the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with a local office in Santa Ana. Because they’re the HHS’ watchdogs, the OIG has the most sensitive data centers.
Which is why the Santa Ana OIG contracted with E-Waste Security to securely destroy its digital media, hard drives and confidential information stored on digital media; and to decommission its IT equipment. E-Waste Security’s Irvine offices are just 13 miles away. And the company is expert in data destruction, hard disk drive destruction, IT recycling and IT asset disposition.
OIG describes itself as, “A nationwide network of audits, investigations, and evaluations results in timely information as well as cost-saving or policy recommendations for decision-makers and the public. That network also assists in the development of cases for criminal, civil and administrative enforcement.”
That’s a lot of “timely information,” practically all of it stored electronically. Given HHS’s critical health data, crucial is E-Waste Security’s commitment to following HIPAA requirements. As E-Waste Security explains, “The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires that covered entities apply appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information (PHI), including information residing on computer hard drives and backup tapes.”
As with E-Waste Security’s contracts with other government agencies or private businesses, the digital media and decommissioned equipment are destroyed onsite, where executives personally can inspect and control the process, also guaranteeing compliance according to environmental, health and other criteria.
HHS is making cybersecurity one of its top priorities. Reported FCW, “Workforce, cybersecurity, shared services, interoperability and cost efficiencies are the top strategic areas for the Department of Health and Human Services’ CIO,” Beth Killoran.
Killoran herself said, “Workforce is a challenge. We need skillful people, just like everyone, from cyber security, to program management, and architectural engineers.” On the shortage of qualified employees, she said, “If we can’t find them, we’ll look to contracts for support.”
It just makes to hire the best for their data destruction: E-Waste Security a NAID Certified hard drive shredding company.