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Media Destruction Guidance

The products on these lists meet specific NSA performance requirements for sanitizing, destroying, or disposing of media containing sensitive or classified information. Inclusion on a list does not constitute an endorsement by NSA or the U.S. Government.

Note: NSA has determined that High Security Disintegrators listed on the Evaluated Products List provide adequate security for the destruction of paper, optical media (CDs and DVDs), and punched tape as annotated on the EPL.

When destroying optical media in disintegrators, NSA recommends that paper be mixed with the optical media during destruction. Please contact the manufacturer to determine if a specific product is mechanically suited for optical media destruction.

Storage Device Sanitization Manual

NSA/CSS Storage Device Declassification Manual (SDDM)
Dated 15 December 2014

Degaussers (Magnetic Media Sanitization)

NSA/CSS Evaluated Products List - Degausser
Dated 17 November 2015

Hard Drive Destruction Devices

NSA/CSS Evaluated Product List - Hard Drive Destruction Devices
Dated 22 April 2014

High Security Disintegrators

NSA/CSS Evaluated Products List (EPL) for High-Security Disintegrators
Version P, dated 31 January 2012

Optical Media

NSA/CSS Evaluated Products List for Optical Media Destruction Devices
Dated 15 September 2015


NSA/CSS Evaluated Products List for High Security Crosscut Paper Shredders
Dated 18 May 2015

Punched Tape

NSA/CSS Evaluated Products List for Punched Tape Destruction Devices
Version C, dated 29 July 2005

Solid State Storage

NSA/CSS Evaluated Product List - Solid State Destruction Devices
Dated 15 January 2014


Date Posted: Nov 14, 2008 | Last Modified: Jan 29, 2016 | Last Reviewed: Jan 29, 2016