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Gaps in data sanitization knowledge and policies mean global enterprises are putting their organizations at risk of security and compliance breakdowns
AUSTIN and LONDON — November 19, 2019—New research launched today by Blancco Technology Group (LON: BLTG), the industry standard in data erasure and mobile device diagnostics, outlines the current misconceptions that prompt so many decision makers to mistakenly choose inadequate data sanitization methods and put their organizations at risk. Blancco’s study, A False Sense of Security, produced in partnership with Coleman Parks, highlights how global enterprises’ overconfidence is exposing the organizations to the risk of data breach, at a time when proper data management should be at the forefront of everything they do. Three quarters (73 percent) agreed that the large volume of different devices at end-of-life leaves their company vulnerable to a data security breach, while 68 percent said they were very concerned about the risk of data breach related to end-of-life equipment.
This survey of 1,850 senior leaders from the world’s largest enterprises in APAC, Europe and North America reveals that more than one in three organizations take considerable risks with the way they sanitize data at end-of-life. These risks include:
The research also reveals that 17 percent of global enterprises use physical shredding or degaussing for end-of-life devices, even though shredding does not always provide a true, certified audit trail that spans the full chain of custody lifecycle.
“Global enterprises are clearly concerned about data when devices reach end-of-life; however, despite knowing the risks involved, many still choose to use an inadequate approach to protect their organization,” said Fredrik Forslund, Vice President, Enterprise and Cloud Erasure Solutions at Blancco. “This points to a huge and worrying knowledge gap within the sector and among senior leaders about the security and compliance implications of physical destruction and end-of-life equipment lying around.”
Other key global findings include:
For full analysis, read the full A False Sense of Security report here.
The primary research was commissioned by Blancco Technology Group and conducted by Coleman Parkes in August 2019. The sample was comprised of 1,850 senior decision makers including Heads of Compliance, CFOs, Financial Directors, ITAMs, CISOs, IT Security VPs, Data Protection Officers and Heads of Operations, from 1,850 organizations with 5,000+ employees. The sample was divided between the U.K., the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, India, Singapore and Australia and covered several vertical markets: Healthcare, Public Sector, Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, Technology, Defense, Legal, Manufacturing, Energy, Transport and Advisory.
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