CSDSR Vendor Information

Vendors should follow this NSA evaluation process guidance for Information Storage (IS) sanitization systems. These devices must undergo an evaluation performed by the NSA and satisfy the requirements mandated for the type of storage devices being destroyed. Once the assessment is successful, the device will be included in the next update of the EPL. The EPL is meant to serve as guidance; inclusion in this document is not an endorsement by the NSA or the U.S. Government. All listed products are approved for the destruction of TS/SCI and below. For further technical information, contact the Center for Storage Device Sanitization Research or submit a web form request



Media Destruction Guidance Vendor Process Flowchart

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Step 1: Pre-Evaluation
                A. Begin by getting the appropriate requirements
B. Check for compliance
C. Does it support requirements?
1. If yes, continue to Step 2: Submittal
                2. If no, Stop
Step 2: Submittal
                A. Develop submittal documents
                B. Submit to NSA/CSS
                C. MOA/Appendix A process
                                1. If accepted, proceed to item D in this submittal process.
                                2. If no, update submittal and re-start item C in the submittal process.
                D. Vendor send equipment
                                1. If received equipment, proceed to Step 3: Evaluation Pending.
                                2. If did not receive equipment, return to item D in the submittal process.
Step 3: Evaluation Pending
                A. If equipment was received and is ready for testing by NSA/CSS, proceed to Step 4: Testing.
                B. If equipment was not ready for NSA/CSS testing, wait until equipment is ready for testing.
Step 4: Testing
                A. Evaluation Testing
                B. If testing completed, proceed to Step 5: Analysis.
                C. If testing incomplete, begin item A again in the testing process.
Step 5: Analysis
                A. Review test results
                B. If test passed, proceed to Step 6: Finalization.
                C. If test failed, proceed to Step 6: Finalization.
Step 6: Finalization
                A. Ship equipment to the vendor
                B. End process.