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Protecting Sensitive Data Stored in Legacy Databases During Cloud Migration

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⇨ During cloud migration, companies should be wary of the ways it is going to affect data stored on their legacy hardware and magnetic media.

⇨ Many consulting companies are now developing legacy data destruction services that can help add an extra layer of security in protecting sensitive data.

⇨ By opting for a solution like this, SAP users can make their journey to the cloud more secure and effective while reaching their sustainability goals at the same time.

In today’s globalized economy, businesses are experiencing the rapid expansion of data while also trying to stay on top of the changes in data protection legislation. Especially in the process of digital transformation and migration to SAP S/4HANA, maintenance of legacy databases can become costly and complicate overall processes by increasing risks of exposure of sensitive data that is stored on them. Companies know that digital transformation requires thorough project management and planning. So, what should they do with their legacy data? How to dispose of it safely and cost-effectively?

Among the legacy systems, SAP users might need to dispose of such IT equipment as old or unwanted hard drives and magnetic media including tapes, optical media (CDs/DVDs, Blu-ray), credit and identity cards, USB sticks, mobile phones and PDAs. With the ongoing efforts in developing sustainability commitments, companies need to consider the practical ways in which they are going to retire their older databases.

Realizing this, consultancy firms are now developing solutions that can help organizations stay afloat with their digital transformation and sustainability goals. For example, Markgraf Consulting provides a proprietary Dark Threat destruction service, offering companies commercial hardware retirement, recycling, and destruction solutions. With Markgraf, companies can dispose of their IT equipment, even if it holds sensitive or proprietary information easily, quickly, securely and cost-effectively.

Specifically, Markgraf offers recycling/proper disposal of hardware, securing data wipes, physical crushing, tape drive destruction, shipper services and laptop/mobile device wipe and repurposing services. All drive destruction and sanitization services adhere to NIST 800-88 standards as well as comply with regulation and provide certificate or photo evidence of hardware destruction.

In the ongoing demand for modernization, companies need to ensure that their digital transformation processes are highly secure and protect sensitive data. By opting for legacy data destruction services like the ones offered by Markgraf, SAP users can add an extra layer of security to protecting sensitive data while reaching their sustainability goals at the same time.

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