In the war against data breaches, enterprises often focus on malware or hackers, overlooking the very real threat from improperly disposed electronic equipment. According to data from the San Diego-based Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, 25 percent of data breaches in 2011 were the result of lost, discarded or stolen stationary or portable devices, representing 40 percent of all exposed records.
Blancco 5 data erasure software and centralized Management Console, helps enterprises proactively fight against costly data breach fines and related risks, according to Blancco, with U.S. operations based in Atlanta. The company says its erasure solutions support fast, simple and complete data removal from electronic devices ranging from laptops and PCs to storage arrays in high-end servers for data center environments.
“As the digital universe is doubling every 18 months and the spectrum of device platforms is rapidly becoming more and more fragmented, efficiency, extensive platform coverage and automation are an absolute must for present and future data erasure needs,” says Markku Willgren, president of Blancco’s U.S. operations. “Blancco 5, combined with our new Blancco Management Console, takes process automation, execution and security of data erasure to an advanced level. It also offers an extremely fast and user-friendly experience with upgraded interfaces, dashboards, and other efficiency-oriented features.”
He adds that Blancco 5 is flexible enough to erase multiple hardware platforms while providing centralized administration and an array of reports that can assist with audit procedures in regulated industries, such as health care, banking and retail.
Used with Blancco 5, the Management Console is designed to further streamlines data security and erasure processes by providing online management and automation from a central console supported by user-friendly dashboards and widgets, the company says. Erasure policy management and data erasure reporting are two of the many processes automated through Blancco Management Console. This solution also integrates with other Blancco products for erasure of LUNs (logical unit numbers), flash drives and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Blancco Management Console centrally stores erasure reports to support asset and chain of custody tracking and provide transparency for software and hardware audits to prove erasure compliance and avoid regulatory fines. It also integrates with asset management and ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems and supports export and email of erasure reports, depending on administrator-defined user rights, Blancco says.