County to offer free destruction of hard drives and backup tapes

In observance of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the County of Maui will be holding a free, drive-thru hard drive and backup tape destruction and disposal service in the lower parking lot behind the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Access to the parking area under the county building is from Kaohu Street, just below the intersection with High Street.

Residents are urged to remove the hard drives from any old computers, printers or other electronic devices and bring just the hard drives to the event. Staff members of the county’s Information Technology Services Division will destroy the drives and make sure they are disposed of properly. Backup tapes will be thoroughly wiped of any information. An information table with cybersecurity materials also will be available.

“This service is especially important because anyone can access your hard drive if you just throw it away,” said Jacob Verkerke, the county’s chief technology officer. “Even if you delete important information like bank statements, account numbers and Social Security information, someone who knows what they are doing can always find a way to retrieve it if they have your hard drive — even on a cellphone.”

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