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Companies not taking care when disposing of hardware

Organisations not managing risk of data stored on end-of-life storage devices, says Blancco

Companies not taking care when disposing of hardware
Companies are not taking adequate steps to ensure storage devices are overwritten before they are disposed of or reassigned, says Blancco.

Organisations in the Middle East are not taking enough care to protect their data at the end of the hardware lifecycle, according to data erasure specialists Blancco.

The Finnish company says that many companies in the region are disposing of old hardware, without ensuring that data is properly removed for drives.

Sami Saarinen, regional sales manager for the Middle East said: "Companies spend an amazing amount of money on AV, firewalls, encryption and so on, but at the end of the lifecycle, they are really giving a computer full of data to someone. All that investment on IT security is useless. It happens due to ignorance."

Saarinen says that Blancco is looking to educate regional organisations about its data erasure software, which can provides certifiable erasure of data from IT assets at end of lifecycle, or if assets are being reassigned within an organisation.

Blancco's solutions are in use with many government organisations around the world, including NATO, US Department of Defense, National Security Testing Lab and meets military and intelligence level standards, along with programs including Japan's Refurbished Information Technology Equipment Association (REUSE).

The software scales up to data centre level, and is capable of handling multiple drives of all types. The company also has a solution for mobile phones.

The software also creates detailed, authenticated reports to prove erasure of data, a requirement that is being added to several compliance standards.

Blanco is looking to raise awareness of the issue in the region, and to possible partnerships with IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) companies and reseller in the region.

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