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degauss

[dē′gau̇s]
(electronics)
To remove, erase, or clear information from a magnetic tape, disk, drum, or core.
(electromagnetism)
To neutralize (demagnetize) a magnetic field of, for example, a ship hull or television tube; a direct current of the correct value is sent through a cable around the ship hull; a current-carrying coil is brought up to and then removed from the television tube. Also known as deperm.

degauss

To remove unwanted magnetism from a monitor or the read/write head in a disk or tape drive. Some monitors have a built-in degaussing function that can be activated by the user. See gauss and bulk eraser.
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By incorporating the Fujitsu Mag EraSURE degausser into our data eradication services, we can guarantee our customers' sensitive data is completely erased and cannot be recovered by hackers or otherwise exploited,' said Chris Schoeller, vice president of sales, data security and compliance with QSGI.
QSGI services customers across a wide variety of industries-including banking and financial services, government, retail, manufacturing and healthcare-and the Fujitsu Mag EraSURE degausser facilitates reliable disposal of sensitive information.
Fujitsu continues to support service providers like QSGI by offering Mag EraSURE degausser, the most robust secure data disposal solution available today.
Nor does the federal government provide much guidance on degaussers.
Generating much more coercivity than recording heads (used for overwriting), the highest rated AC degaussers available generate about 4,000 Oe.
A potential purchaser must also consider that large degaussers generate intense magnetic fields and, consequently, considerable heat.
Despite its limitations, the proper degausser, used correctly, can significantly aid information protection, especially when used to erase most types of diskettes and tapes.
The Mag EraSURE P3M model, along with the entire Mag EraSURE family of degaussers, will be displayed in the Security Engineered Machinery booth #2750 at the RSA Conference, Moscone Center, San Francisco, on Feb 5-9, 2007.
The latest offering in the degausser family, the small form factor Fujitsu Mag EraSURE P3M device can be deployed on a rack mount or table top, and is a viable solution for industries and government agencies that require fast and secure removal of magnetically recorded data from hard disk drives (HDDs), removable disks and backup tapes in environments where electricity may be inaccessible.
The Mag EraSURE P3M degausser is a cost-effective, deployable solution for the swift, easy, and reliable elimination of sensitive data.
list price of $13,500, the degausser is available through select Fujitsu distributors, including Bell Micro (http://www.