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Government organizations often collect a tremendous amount of data. While agencies may need to hold most of this data for some time, there comes a point when data erasure will be necessary. Let’s look at some of the key types of data that agencies may need to get rid of in the interest of data security and fiscal responsibility—and several scenarios your government agency may need to consider.
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While much of government data is a matter of public record, data classification and retention schedules aim to direct public sector organizations on when certain types of data are no longer needed. In reality, keeping such data opens the door to risk, not only for the agency. but for the citizens and businesses served by that agency. Whether at the federal, state, local, or educational level, the consequences of leaked data can be devastating.
The Records at Risk
Even for those items considered open or public data, there’s the issue of unnecessarily storing such data for longer than needed. Not only does this have consequences for data storage needs and associated costs and inefficiencies, it also leads to greater energy consumption and environmental harm. The items that can cause data bloat can include:
Even if the data has reached the end of its lifecycle, leaving it unsecured is highly risky. Unauthorized access can lead to:
In addition to causing data risk and increased costs in active environments, government data is often left vulnerable when it’s not sanitized from end-of-life data storage assets. Here are just a few examples:
Many people assume that when they delete a file, it’s gone forever. But with forensic data recovery, improperly destroyed data can easily be retrieved.
Done correctly, physical destruction is a legitimate way to protect government data from being leaked directly from retired drives and devices. However, in a sector held accountable for its use of tax funds, such destruction of usable IT equipment comes at a huge cost.
Blancco data erasure has been proven over and over again to render data unrecoverable and compliant with stringent government data protection requirements.
Blancco data erasure solutions carry 13+ global certifications attesting to the effectiveness of our solution.
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