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Global certifications showcase our software’s ability to meet the data security and compliance needs of even the most highly regulated industries and organizations. Validations work differently. Below, we compare the two and explain why they matter.
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At Blancco, we talk a lot about our global certifications and third-party validations of our products. But we also understand that the world of compliance, approvals, standards, and certifications can be confusing for those who don’t work in legal and compliance roles.
This post will help you understand the importance of both data erasure certifications and third-party validations and the role they play in choosing a data erasure software solution.
We’ll also cover the difference between data erasure certifications and data erasure standards.
Data erasure product certifications aren’t easy to achieve. That’s why Blancco is so proud to hold some of the most rigorous data erasure certifications available globally.
By its very definition, product certification endorses our products’ effectiveness by subjecting them to independently validated quality and performance tests. It is the strongest possible indicator of the quality within the product and the environment in which it’s developed. To earn a certification, an organization must meet compliance with specific industry standards or data privacy and security regulations.
We have earned the following global certifications for our software-based data erasure:
These global certifications showcase our software’s ability to meet the needs of even the most highly-regulated industries (and organizations). Our tamper-proof certificates of erasure (which come with every erasure) are audit-ready and designed to help your organization meet compliance—no matter where your business is located.
(For more information on how data erasure certifications work in North America specifically, including the NIAP certification, please see our blog on the topic. As a quick overview, this certification is no longer offered in the United States, so any company that claims to have it is showcasing an outdated certification that is several years old and applies to an older version of its software. Therefore, it’s important that organizations always evaluate a vendor’s most current software, to ensure it is not only certified, but also third-party validated in its most current iteration.)
Perhaps even more important than certifications, third-party validations confirm that data erasure software works as a vendor promises it does. At Blancco, these third-party approvals and recommendations allow our customers to trust that our products have been verified externally.
You don’t have to take our word that our products are the best; these trusted, impartial leaders in the data sanitization space have verified that for you.
Third-party validations must be renewed on a regular basis to stay current with new product updates. These approvals often prove standalone data erasure software solutions are superior to OEM hardware solutions, which sometimes include a data erasure component. OEM erasure solutions may not be certified or validated by external experts, and without this kind of proof of erasure, confidential company, customer, and PII data may be left behind.
To prove data sanitization, a data erasure solution must not only securely erase data, but also verify that erasure and produce an auditable, tamper-proof certificate of erasure to prove compliance with global regulations. OEM solutions typically do not offer this type of proof.
Blancco has achieved the following third-party validations:
Blancco has also earned other recognitions that attest to our own operations. This includes our ISO and HIPAA certifications. We’ve also been recognized for our commitment to environmental sustainability by facilitating safe reuse of IT assets. You can view those recognitions on our certifications page as well.
Data erasure certifications and data erasure standards are not the same. Data erasure standards (or erasure “algorithms”) are set by government agencies across the globe and refer to the way that a device is sanitized (for example, how many random overwrite passes must be completed to ensure erasure). These are different from certifications because any company can follow these guidelines, but it doesn’t mean that company has been certified by that government organization to meet its stringent requirements. Read our blog about the DoD wiping standard as an example.
To learn more about Blancco’s certifications, supported standards, and third-party validations, contact your existing Blancco representative, or reach out to a local team.
This content was originally published Apr 2018. It was most recently updated Sep 2022.
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