A new solution from Finland based, Blancco, promises to simplify corporate processes for secure IT asset disposal.
Companies often associate the threat of data loss with stolen laptops or other portable media, but many are less aware of a more subtle culprit – their own improper disposal of IT assets. According to the 2009 KPMG “Data Loss Barometer” report, improper disposal of IT assets is the cause of data loss in 12 percent of cases. “It is now considered an information security best practice – and often a legal requirement – to erase data from IT assets flagged for retirement or redeployment before they leave the business premises, even if they are also scheduled for data removal and recycling or resale through an offsite service provider,” said Kim Väisänen, CEO of Blancco.
Blancco Management Console is an online solution designed to handle all aspects of IT asset disposal within a WAN/LAN, including software license distribution, hardware IT asset management and data erasure reporting. The console is installed within five minutes and runs on several platforms. Comprehensive reports can be exported and e-mailed in many different formats, depending on user rights defined by the administrator. Reports can also be created for multiple types of IT assets, such as monitors, printers, copiers, routers and switches.