Vivian Cullipher

Communications and Content Manager
Vivian Cullipher

Vivian is a career writer and editor, having covered technology-related topics for government and B2B organizations since before LinkedIn and the iPhone. As Blancco’s communications and content manager, she supports the development of thought-leadership-based copy for web, social media, and other Blancco communication channels.

Drive Destruction vs. Data Erasure: Which Data Disposal Method is Most Secure?

Drives that have been used in a highly protected and confidential information system will need to be retired eventually, even if the data on those drives gets transferred to another storage device. In this situation, making stored data permanently inaccessible will be critical during the decommissioning process. How do you make sure your highly sensitive data is completely destroyed at end-of life? We take a look at physical destruction methods … Read More

Is It Time to Update Your IT Security Policies?

While technology developments come fast and furious, the policies that govern them often aren’t agile enough to keep up. And, when it comes to IT security policies, new technologies aren’t the only factors that can leave your standard protection methods outdated: Changes in business structure, regulation, the value of your data, the speed of data collection and increased malicious activity can also lessen their effectiveness. All of this leaves even … Read More

Data Sanitization Enters “Slope of Enlightenment” on Gartner Hype Cycle

The Gartner Hype Cycles provide a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications, and how they are potentially relevant to solving real business problems and exploiting new opportunities. In addressing data sanitization in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Data Security, 2019,1 Hype Cycle for Privacy, 20192 and Hype Cycle for Endpoint Security, 2019,3 Gartner analysts have provided the following definition: “data sanitization is the disciplined process … Read More

Need to Erase Mac T2 Devices? Blancco Has You Covered.

Apple’s latest Mac mini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac Pro all use the T2 chip with secure boot. Secure boot acts like an exclusive club’s sharply dressed but no-nonsense bouncer, disallowing access for even the most well-dressed nonmembers—in this case, the majority of drive erasure software. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up removing confidential data from your Mac devices—even if you have tens, hundreds or thousands … Read More

What is NIST 800-88, and What Does “Media Sanitization” Really Mean?

NIST 800-88, published by the National Institute for Standards and Technology, is known for its media sanitization categories of Clear, Purge and Destroy. Its principles can apply to magnetic, flash-based, and other storage technologies. And, it can cover everything from mobile devices and USB drives to servers—or even technologies not yet developed. The latest update, NIST 800-88 Rev. 1, is one of the most widely used data sanitization standards requested … Read More

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