Delete or Erase: Keeping Corporate Data Safe

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2016-10-24 Email

One of the biggest challenges related to enterprise security is managing the seemingly endless array of touchpoints and system entry points. As a result, today's security must incorporate far more than perimeter protection, system monitoring and data packet inspection methods. There's also the nettlesome issue of data management and file retention, including how file deletion takes place on various devices. A September 2016 study conducted by data management firm Blancco Technology Group, "Delete vs. Erase: How Companies Wipe Active Files," sheds light on industry trends and enterprise behavior. Among other things, the report found that organizations often rely on inadequate tools, technologies and practices to manage desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices across the enterprise. The global survey of more than 400 IT professionals found that these ineffective methods lead to increased risk. "While organizations may see the value of data removal when their equipment reaches end of life, they often overlook and dismiss the importance of erasing active files from desktop computers, laptops, external drives and servers," said Richard Stiennon, Blancco's chief strategy officer. Here are some of the key findings from the survey.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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