Blancco Acquires DBAN from GEEP

Company will maintain the freeware while introducing enterprise users to its certified data erasure solutions.

September 11, 2012
SDB Staff
Blancco, a Finland-based provider of data erasure and computer reuse solutions, has announced its acquisition of DBAN disk wiping software from Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP), an electronics recycling company based in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Blancco says it will continue to maintain the DBAN software, freeware for wiping data from disks, while introducing DBAN enterprise users to its professional certified data erasure solutions.
The company says the acquisition further strengthens Blancco's position as a global leader in data erasure and opens the door to additional marketing potential and growth of its user base.
“Users can continue to access DBAN exclusively and at no cost through the current DBAN website, as nothing will change with regard to DBAN's functionality and availability,” Kim Vaisanen, Blancco CEO and co-founder, says. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to inform businesses, electronics recyclers and governments about the advantages of our professional certified erasure products that are more secure and suited for enterprise use.”
Blancco's professional data erasure products, which erase hardware ranging from servers and laptops to smartphones and data center equipment, have been designed for security-minded organizations and businesses that must comply with a variety of government and industry standards and regulations, the company says.
Jeff Jermyn, president of GEEP, says the company is standardizing its worldwide data erasure services using Blancco software. 
“We selected Blancco because the software is very robust—the best erasure solution on the market—and allows us to offer customers a secure, auditable erasure process with detailed reporting so they can safely reuse, remarket or dispose of their hardware,” Jermyn says. “Blancco streamlines our recycling processes by automating erasure for a wide range of hardware, including mobile devices, which represent a new and growing business for us." 
Jermyn adds, “Blancco software also has data erasure certifications from third parties and governments around the world, which is critical for us as a global company. Its flexibility in delivery options means we can perform on-site erasure in addition to erasure at any of our 15 locations.”