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Blancco FAQs

Q: What is Blancco?

A: Blancco is a Finnish product that has been around for more than 10 years and is  the world’s most certified data erasure software. Blancco guarantees 100% data erasure on all types of magnetic disks. Our data erasure concept is based on ERA – Erase Report Audit.

Q: Why do I need to erase data on a computer?

A: Public exposure of confidential data has become a common embarrassing occurrence for many. Information assets pose a significant risk due to the large volumes of confidential or personal information that is stored on them. Data must be completely destroyed before IT assets are disposed of, recycled, reused or donated. Think about this, many of us have a paper shredder in the office to destroy hardcopies of a document but what about softcopies of it? Aren’t softcopies the main source of our documents today?

Here are 3 factors to take into consideration:-

 i.    Regulatory compliance

  • The law requires that confidential information is managed confidentially.

 ii.   Identity theft

  • Identity theft is the fastest growing crime and the biggest concern fo Malaysians   in a recently conducted online survey. A carelessly discarded hard drive or USB stick could contain confidential data such as passwords, credit card details, social security numbers, bank details or employee information. The unauthorized exposure of this data could easily result in identity theft.

 iii.  Data leaks

  • Rapid technological change and the short lifespan of IT assets, has articulated the need to permanently destroy data on retired equipment. The popularity of removable media such as USB drives has grown exponentially resulting in the alarming rise in data leaks through these devices, further heightening the need to properly dispose of electronic data.

Q: How can I verify that by using Blancco all my data are securely erased?

A: Blancco guarantees that upon a successful completion of the erasure process, data on any drive will be totally erased and unrecoverable by any current technology. An erasure report will be generated upon completion of the erasure procedure that will state the erasure status, hardware specifications & hardware functionality (optional).

Q: Can I erase individual files?

A: Yes, by using Blancco File Shredder you can securely erase individual files and folders. You may also want to fully erase USB or external hard drives; Blancco Flash Media Edition securely erases all USB or external hard drives so that there is no data footprint available.

Q: Who should use Blancco?

A: Anyone who deals with data deemed confidential, valuable or sensitive including:-

  • IT refurbishers who benefit from a quick return on investment from the fast erasure process.
  • Government departments benefiting from our certificated compliance and standards.
  • Businesses, corporate customers and their partners such as data centres and other service providers who benefit from a strategic fit with their environmental policies and can better manage their IT assets, both hardware and software.
  • Any member of the public who is concerned about their personal information and confidential data stored in their personal computers.
  • Bruce Schneier's algorithm.

Q: Has Blancco been certified by any authority?

A: Yes Blancco is the world’s most certified data erasure software. Our certification includes :-

  • NSM - (Certified version: Blancco - Data Cleaner+ 4.5, Blancco - Data Cleaner 3.3r7).
  • ABW - The Polish Internal Security Agency (Certified software: Blancco – Data Cleaner+ v4.2r1).
  • DIPCOG - the Defence INFOSEC Product Co-Operation Group of the UK's Ministry (Certified version: Blancco - Data Cleaner 3.3r7).
  • CESG (Certified verison: Blancco - Data Cleaner+ 4.5 HMG, Blancco - Data Cleaner 3.7r1).
  • USA DoD.
  • NSTL.
  • NATO recommendation.
  • TÜV confirmation (version: Blancco - Data Cleaner+ 4.7).
  • AIVD.
  • The Finnish Software Industry.
  • FinnSecurity.
  • The Association of Finnish Work.
  • The Finnish Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Q: What are the supported erasure standards?

A: Air Force System Security Instructions 5020.

Q: Does Blancco erase remapped sectors?

A: Yes the remapped sectors can be erased if the hard drives support the erasure of remapped sectors.

Q: Does Blancco wipe HPA area?

A: Yes. Blancco erasure software is capable to reset and erase the HPA areas.

Q: Does Blancco support SSD (Solid State Disk) Drives?

A: SSD drives are not yet supported by Blancco. The support is under development. We cannot guarantee whether the drive can be recognized.

Q: What hard disk drive interfaces Blancco supports?

A: Support for different hard disk drive technologies are dependant on which version of Blancco product you are using:-

Blancco PC Edition

IDE/ATA, SATA, SCSI and USB/FireWire attached external disks.

Blancco Server Edition

IDE/ATA, SATA, SCSI, SAS and USB/FireWire attached external disks.

Fibre Channel interface.

Blancco Data Centre Edition

IDE/ATA, SATA, SCSI, SAS and USB/FireWire attached external disks.

Fibre Channel interface.

 

 

 

Did You Know

arrow Identity theft is the top consumer complaint in the USA according to the Federal Trade Commission.

arrow US consumers reported fraud loss totalling more than $1.1 billion in 2006.

arrow Credit card fraud (25%) was the most common form of reported identity theft in the US in 2006.

arrow More than 100 000 people are affected by identity theft each year in the UK

arrow According to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 350 data loss incidents involving more than 140 million records have occurred since February 2005

arrow Organisations are obliged by law to take take adequate steps to ensure the proper disposal of data


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