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Blancco, Pioneer in Certified Data Erasure, Celebrates 15 Years of Protecting Confidential Information

Small start-up business formed in response to medical record data breach emerges as multinational company providing erasure technology for tens of thousands of IT assets daily.

Blancco, the global leader in data erasure and computer reuse solutions, is now celebrating 15 years at the forefront of data erasure technology and management processes. As identity theft and fraud proliferate, along with regulations designed to prevent them, Blancco's erasure technology has become the preferred choice in data protection for global defense, government, banking, healthcare, IT and electronics reseller organizations. With annual growth rates of 25 to 30 percent, Blancco now has offices in 13 countries around the world.

"The digital universe doubles every 18 months, while the types of electronic devices multiply, issuing organizations an ongoing challenge to securely manage data erasure processes for equipment they wish to reuse, resell or dispose," said Kim Väisänen, CEO and co-founder of Blancco. "With our full portfolio of erasure solutions, Blancco is committed to working alongside businesses of all sizes to help manage these challenges with automated erasure and centralized reporting processes."

Blancco traces its roots to 1997 when a Finnish hospital accidentally sold a PC containing medical records of 3000 patients. In response, Väisänen and another young entrepreneur created data erasure software that securely wiped hard disk drives. Today, Blancco products erase equipment ranging from servers and PCs to smartphones and complex data center equipment. Tens of thousands of IT assets are being erased worldwide each day.

Additionally, Blancco has the most independent third party certifications and approvals in the industry and recently received Common Criteria certification [ ], an international standard for computer security. Blancco's certifications, approvals and recommendations indicate that its data erasure tools meet the highest criteria for removing data, as verified by laboratory tests. They are also critical for organizations that want to do business in a particular industry or with a government.

"The recent growth of compliance and legislative requirements in data security demonstrates that the management of secure data erasure will become even more critical in the next few years," said Väisänen. "Just as we were committed to helping organizations manage these ever-increasing challenges over the last 15 years, we look forward to supporting the industry's needs in the decades ahead."