There are numerous meanings of data sanitisation depending on the context to which it is being used in. For the purpose of this article we won’t be discussing the permanent and irreversible destruction of data often used when information on a disk needs to be wiped never to be retrieved again. And we won’t be discussing the redacting of information in data in the event of unauthorised access.
This article is about the Content Disarm and Reconstruct method to protect organisations from the threats posed by data ingress from unknown and known sources.
As the digital economies around the world booms, information flow between organisations and individuals has also become a staple process to doing business. Government entities, defence contractors, banking, finance, insurance, real estate, printing, marketing, educational institutions, libraries, municipalities and so many other organisation types interact with their business partners and customers electronically. Receiving information digitally is arguably the most efficient way of gathering vast quantities of data without limitation to geographies, improving process times, reducing labour intensive tasks, reducing error rates and overall increasing productivity for any organisation.
The risks faced, however, also increase. With greater reach comes a degree of uncertainty. The information being received can be from anyone (or thing). This is where Data Sanitisation becomes invaluable.