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sanitize

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s): Definition(s):

  Actions taken to render data written on media unrecoverable by both ordinary and, for some forms of sanitization, extraordinary means.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-171 Rev. 1 under sanitization

  A process to render access to Target Data on the media infeasible for a given level of effort. Clear, Purge, and Destroy are actions that can be taken to sanitize media.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-88 Rev. 1 under Sanitize

  See sanitize.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 under sanitization

  1. A process to render access to target data on the media infeasible for a given level of effort. Clear, purge, damage, and destruct are actions that can be taken to sanitize media. See media sanitization.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (NIST SP 800-88 Rev. 1)

  2. The removal of extraneous or potentially harmful data (e.g., malware) within a file or other information container (e.g., network protocol packet).
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (CNSSI 1253F Attachment 3)