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Choosing an IT Asset Disposal Provider

The European Union (EU) has introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to be enforced on May 25, 2018.  This regulation replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.  How will GDPR directly impact the United States?  In the past, U.S.-based regulations were a primary driver of compliance requirements.  This is changing with the introduction of the GDPR.  The GDPR requires organizations to understand what information they have, who has access …Read More

The Black Market for Data

If the right kind of personal data – credit card numbers, email addresses, online credentials, or bank account information – falls into the wrong hands, you can be sure criminals will use that data for their personal gain or sell it on the black market, where buyers and sellers anonymously deal in stolen or illegal goods and services. On the darknet, the secret and hidden part of the Internet, everything …Read More

Secure Data Erasure Management with Hosted Erase

Revelations of data leaks are now part of the daily business news.  Whether large Internet providers or telecommunications companies or the customer database of a global player are affected – the statistics show alarming figures regarding the frequency and success of cyber attacks and attacks on sensitive information from illegal data collectors.  This increases the pressure on large corporations and companies that are obligated to protect and prevent their electronic …Read More

GDPR – Will On-site Data Erasure be a Must?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has officially gone into effect and many companies are now adopting their data protection and business continuity plans to these new rules in order to avoid the massive fines for non-compliance.  For most companies, these fines can be  life threatening, with up to four percent of the total worldwide turnover, every aspect of the law has to be checked and if necessary to be …Read More

GDPR – 8 things you should be doing now to prepare

With the approval of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the European parliament on April 14th, almost every company doing business in the member states of the European Union need to comply. (Great Britain and Denmark have negotiated several exceptions in justice and home affairs – the regulations will therefore be limited in those two states). For every other member country the regulation is now valid and its rules …Read More

Secure deletion of data – comparison of degausser types

Reasons to securely and permanently delete data As we have discussed in this blog previously, there are several reasons why corporate and private computer users alike have to delete their stored data. For corporate, storing data beyond the data lifespan can cause unnecessary costs and in several cases, it is even mandatory to securely erase the data after a fixed time period. Additionally, when a firm wants to change their …Read More

Data Erasure – The End of the Data Lifecycle

In last week’s blog we discussed data encryption and data security. Encryption is just one area of data security and data security rolls up into the larger category of data management. What do you think about when you hear the term “data management?” Does the word “security” come to mind? Maybe you think of BIG data. How many of you think of end of life data and data erasure? Data …Read More

Lessons Learned from NASA’s Recent Discovery

As the space shuttle program is winding down and assets are being sold off, NASA recently discovered 14 PCs that were sold or about to be sold with sensitive data still intact. As this BBC article highlights, formal data wiping policies existed but they were not always followed. While this is discomforting for NASA, they are not alone and errors like this are all too common for large and small …Read More

Data Erasing – Putting Your Data to Rest

People often contact Kroll Ontrack when they need to retrieve data that has become inaccessible through a hard drive crash, accidental deletion, or one of a myriad of other scenarios.  But where do they go if they absolutely, positively want their data destroyed or their hard drives “erased”? When it comes to protecting your most sensitive electronic information, creating a clear data disposal policy is equally important to having a …Read More