The SITES Difference

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The SITES Difference

Secure Data Destruction for Over 50 Years

data-destructionOn January 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo, a Navy intelligence vessel, was engaged in a routine surveillance of the North Korean coast when it was intercepted by North Korean patrol boats. According to U.S. reports, the Pueblo was in international waters almost 16 miles from shore, but the North Koreans turned their guns on the lightly armed vessel and demanded its surrender. The Americans attempted to escape, and the North Koreans opened fire, wounding the commander and two others. With capture inevitable, the Americans stalled for time, destroying the classified information aboard while taking further fire. Unfortunately, the volume of material on board was so great that it was impossible to destroy it all prior to capture. An NSA report quotes Lieutenant Steve Harris, the officer in charge of Pueblo’s Naval Security Group Command detachment: “Only a small percentage of the total classified material aboard the ship was destroyed.”

Korean War Veteran Leonard Rosen was struck with the idea that there must be a better way to destroy classified information, and he began working to develop a faster, more efficient, and secure method. Within weeks he had developed the concept for the world’s first paper disintegrator — and the SITES legacy was born.

For over 50 years, the SITES team has been the driving force behind document and data destruction innovations that are now considered industry best practices. From the world’s first disintegrator to the industry’s most successful line of electronic media crushers and shredders — and the only touchscreen, dual-voltage, NSA Listed degausser — SITES enjoys a reputation for innovation earned from a firm commitment to engineering, design, and product manufacturing.

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