Destroy was first developed by The Australian Software Company (TASC) in early 1999 to comply with the requirements of the Australian Federal Government’s Australian Communications-Electronic Instructions 33 (ACSI 33), Handbook 6, Media Security.
Until Destroy data removal systems had been considered a “back-room” tool that technicians used from time-to-time, or perhaps the local Defence department used for Top Secret systems. Now data removal systems such as Destroy, are becoming as ubiquitous as anti-virus products and wiping your hard disk before it leaves your desk will be a mandatory requirement not only issued by I.T. departments, but by users to ensure both organisational and personal data is completely removed to ensure privacy.
Destroy is significantly different to that of other products on the market place because no other product has been subjected to the rigours of the Australian Government’s Australasian Information Security Evaluation Program (AISEP) and the Common Criteria evaluation program.
Our Destroy and Destroy Lite products have been evaluated to EAL2+ by the Australasian Information Security Evaluation Program (AISEP) and our listing can be found on the Australian Government Evaluated Product List (EPL).
By joining AISEP, Destroy has been recognised by the Common Criteria, the international standard (ISO 15408) for Information Technology security www.commoncriteriaportal.org. The Common Criteria also has a Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA). The purpose of this Arrangement is to provide member countries with IT products that have been awarded a Common Criteria Certificate eliminating the need for each product to be re-evaluated in each member country as was the case in the past, and a very expensive exercise.
In being recognised by the Common Criteria, Destroy meets and exceeds the Australian Government Standards, the US Department of Defense requirements, and meets the European and German standard media sanitisation.
Being part of these programs provides our Destroy products with an internationally accepted government security rating. Our rating is highly sought after by the security community, and many Government organisations both Australia wide and throughout the world recognise the importance of security rated systems and the evaluation process behind the rating.
This security rating makes Destroy a new breed of data removal software that is a significant step above the existing “shareware” type product. Destroy has been through an extensive evaluation and testing process so that our customers can be assured EVERY hard disk is wiped EVERY time they use Destroy.