Data Erasure: The First Line of Defense for ITAD Companies

This blog was written by guest writer, Richard Stiennon, Chief Strategy Officer, Blancco

Partnering with an IT asset disposition (ITAD) company to handle your end-of-life assets takes a good deal of trust. Not only are you trusting the provider to dispose of, recycle and resell your IT assets in a safe and environmentally friendly way, but also you’re trusting them with potentially valuable customer and employee information that may be left behind on those assets.

Deleting this information may seem fairly easy. After all, sending to the Recycle Bin or reformatting are fast and efficient solutions. But delete does not equal erase, and erasing data is the only way to keep it out of the hands of hackers.

A recent research study from Blancco indicates that 49 percent of organizations consider efficiency and cost to be the most important factors when selecting an ITAD vendor, while only 16 percent factor in the IT asset disposition vendor’s ability to permanently remove all data.

These findings demonstrate that organizations need more education around data-erasure methods. If you aren’t receiving certificates of secure erasure and destruction from your ITAD vendor that demonstrate your data is being wiped from all necessary technologies during auditing, then you’re putting your organization at risk of a data security breach.

Here are four important questions you should ask your ITAD vendor about data erasure:

  1. Do you have a wide array of data erasure solutions across newer storage technologies such as Solid State Drives (SSDs), Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), hybrid drives, laptops, files, virtual machines and more?
  2. Do you use a patented SSD erasure process?
  3. Do you test every drive to ensure complete erasure?
  4. Do you issue certified data erasure reports for each IT asset?

Blancco partners with ITAD provider Arrow Electronics to provide secure data erasure and defend against security threats. Learn more about how we work together to keep your private data safe.


As Chief Strategy Officer, Richard Stiennon leads long-term strategic planning, public affairs and industry partnerships. He was Vice President of Research as Gartner Inc. from 2000 to 2004. His book, There Will be Cyberwar, was named a Washington Post bestseller in April 2016. Richard is regularly featured in news publications, such as Forbes, Dark Reading, Infosecurity Magazine, Network World and BetaNews, where he comments on data governance, data management and cyber security.

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