Friday 23rd of February 2018

A Study On Data Privacy, Protection and Sanitization Practices During Disk Disposal By Indian Educational Institutes

Ramakrishnan Raman and Dhanya Pramod

Information security practices are inevitable in this era of increased security breaches. With popularity of internet, cyber security issues have taken its main stay. Disk level security issues are ignored by Indian education institutes and society at large. The focus of this paper is to study data privacy, protection sanitization practices of Indian educational institutes, vendors during disk disposal. The paper also reviews current standards, acts, policies laws that prevail in United States, European countries and India. The study reveals that standards, acts, policies laws are not adequate in India. The study reveals that educational organizations are still not serious about disk sanitization and lots of information remains on the disposed disks. When a disk is disposed, it is essential that data is securely removed from it so as to avoid data security breaches, data leaks and the resulting impact of loss of privacy and reputation. There is a pressing need for organizational policies to be in place. The authors have proposed a Data Privacy, Protection Sanitization policy that can be adopted by Indian educational institutes during disk disposal.

Keywords: Data Privacy, Data Protection, Data Sanitization, Disk Disposal

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Ramakrishnan Raman
R Raman is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate from Madras University, he has also completed his MBA in Information Systems, Postgraduate Diploma in Software Marketing, M.Phil (Management) and Ph.D in Information Technology Enabled Services Strategy. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt Certified by RABQSA. He is a certified Green IT professional by ISEB. He has published his research finding in several refereed journals and also has presented several papers in Indian and International conferences. He has a blend of corporate and academic experience. He started his career with Godrej and Boyce and his Passion for academics made him choose teaching and research as his career. He is currently the Director Symbiosis Center for Information Technology - a constituent of Symbiosis International University, and is also the Dean of faculty of computer studies at Symbiosis International University Pune, India.

Dhanya Pramod
Dhanya Pramod is a post graduate in computer science from Pondicherry central university and completed her doctoral degree from Symbiosis International University. She has a strong academic foundation and was the First Rank holder of university both at undergraduate and post graduate level. She has over 10 years of experience including industry, research, academics and administration. Her research interests are networks & application security and aspect oriented programming. She has published papers in refereed journals and several conferences of international repute. She is a senior member of IACSIT, Singapore.

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