We have some exciting news! Blancco Technology Group has been certified by CESG Commercial Product Assurance Scheme (CPA). This marks the 7th consecutive certification from CESG for our data erasure software from the UK Government over the last 10 years.
Let me give you some of the specifics on what this certification really entails. First, CESG has certified our Blancco 5 (now Blancco Drive Eraser) solution not only in its current form, but also extending it to all future enhancements. This is something that has never been accomplished by any another organization. Second, and this is an important one, the certification reinforces our unique method of erasing data after each overwrite of the hard drive.
Why is this news so important? For one, it reflects all of the hard work and dedication from our teams all over the world. If you meet any of our people, you immediately know that they are never satisfied with just ‘good enough.’ It means we’re doing something right and our commitment to make sure our software is technically advanced and able to adapt to the constantly changing information security requirements, best practices and legislation.
Additionally, this certification has far-reaching benefits for healthcare companies, educational institutions and, most importantly, the UK government. First, the UK government and companies operating in the UK, including healthcare providers and educational institutions, are subject to mandatory requirements to securely sanitize HMG data using certified software, in accordance with the criteria laid out by the Government Classification Policy. And the CESG certification of our Blancco 5 (Blancco Drive Eraser) solution also helps businesses and local/regional governing bodies within the UK guarantee compliance with the Data Protection Act.
Now consider this: 80 percent of data produced by the UK government and public sector bodies is classified as ‘official.’ What does ‘official’ data truly mean? According to CESG, it’s defined as “routine business operations and services that, if leaked into the public domain, could have potentially damaging consequences.” That’s why the UK government is putting its full force of support behind tighter cyber security measures. To quote the UK Government’s Business Secretary, Vince Cable, “The UK has a world-leading digital economy, growing three times as fast as our overall economy and employing over a million people. Our businesses earn £1 in every £5 from the Internet, so it’s vital that we work with them to combat online crime, and make sure large and small firms alike are protected.”
Beyond legal compliance, which we all know can sometimes be approached as a box to check off on a list, our certification gives companies and the UK government an absolute line of defense against cyber attacks and data breaches. In doing so, it also helps them protect and sustain their brand reputation, mitigate the loss of intellectual property, minimize the likelihood of legal consequences and reduce the imposition of financial fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Given the recent attacks on the US government – first with the IRS hack in May and more recently with the massive leak of social security numbers from the US Government’s Office of Personnel Management – it’s a good sign that the UK government is learning from others’ mistakes and taking a more proactive approach.