WV: Policy to wipe old state computers is working, lawmakers told

Phil Kabler reports:

A random audit of state computers up for sale through the Surplus Property division found that an initiative to assure that all hard drives are wiped clean is working, a report released Tuesday shows.

Chief Technology Officer Kyle Schafer told a legislative interim committee that the policy was adopted in 2006, after spot-checks of computers sent to Surplus Property found many contained confidential and personal data on their hard drives.


Schafer said the policy includes a fail-safe provision of having an Office of Technology staffer on site full-time at the Surplus Property warehouse to verify that all computers have been “wiped” of all data.

About 3,000 personal computers and laptops are sent to Surplus Property each year.

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