Blancco helps Stone Group eliminate data breaches for UK public sector clients

London - 6 September 2010

The newly imposed hefty fine of up to £500,000 for a serious data breach which came into effect in April, has forced organisations in the UK to re-evaluate their data security practices and ensure proper measures to prevent data breaches. In a new deal with Blancco, the world leader in certified data erasure solutions, Stone Group, the UK’s largest privately owned computer hardware manufacturer, is now securing all of the PCs and laptops of its public sector customers throughout the lifecycle of their equipment, with Blancco’s preinstalled certified data erasure software.

Stone’s Chief Executive, Mr. James Bird, says, "We have taken the decision to include this in all of our UK public sector business, as customers may hold sensitive data on the public and therefore be liable to such fines for improper use. The Blancco data erasure software makes it simple and comprehensive to erase this information as part of an effective data protection strategy, and guarantees that information stored on hardware has been erased prior to redeployment or end-of-lifecycle disposal."

By preinstalling Blancco’s erasure software, customers are able to easily perform the data erasure onsite by themselves before the assets are sent off to be reused or recycled. This is usually the first step in data protection as the IT assets are usually erased again at the recycling facility, guaranteeing maximum security. A significant number of data breaches occur when these assets reach the end of their working life. The chain of custody process poses potential security risks as an IT asset could easily get lost or stolen potentially causing financial ruin to a company. Blancco eliminates the downstream security risks by allowing users to effectively destroy data before
IT assets leave the corporate premises.

“Data erasure should be an essential part of any data protection strategy but is often overlooked. By using Blancco, organisations are able to mitigate the risk of their data falling into the wrong hands. Blancco’s wide range of certified data erasure software means that we can handle almost any type of data erasure need. We are committed to ensuring that our customers receive maximum data protection and we are delighted to cooperate with Stone Group in ensuring their clients data is well protected,” says Mr. Dan Smith, Blancco UK Country Manager.

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