According to IBM, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day. This varies from documents to photos to payroll and social media posts. They all provide a treasure trove of information for businesses and reveal private details about their customers or their company.
A recent study completed by Blancco researched how data is managed across its entire lifecycle. It was an interesting report and one that highlighted a few key points.
Users more aware of overall risk of security data.
It appears from the report that many organisations are becoming more aware of the overall risk of data security. It has always been the case that companies have been happy to spend money on firewalls and anti-virus software to protect their data but they are now having to get involved in looking at how to erase active data (data that is confidential, has been used in the company but is no longer needed) and data that is still stored in the HDD when the computer is laid to rest!
Still confusion as to when files are permanently deleted?
The study asked 400 IT professionals around the world about how they manage their data, including how they erase, delete and wipe files. The results still show some confusion amongst professionals as to when files are permanently deleted or not. Take a look at this infographic that Blancco produced on 6 rules to follow when erasing files.
The importance of storage and handling of IT equipment.
They were also asked about the importance of storage and handling of IT equipment. It was good to see that 60% of managers stated that the old computers were stored securely (36%) or had been sent off to a 3rd party to erase and dispose of properly (24%). But what was more concerning was that 33% of the respondents said their companies store old/non-functional computers, drives and servers in an area that was accessible to anyone in the IT department. Meanwhile, 4% said they don’t even know where this equipment is stored.
The type of digital file the company was most concerned with securing.
The study went onto ask what type of digital file the company most concerned with securing. Interestingly 14% of the surveyed IT professionals are most concerned with securing confidential product development materials, followed by company revenue statements (12 percent).
The biggest security threat to the business.
When IT managers were asked to rank a variety of security threats in terms of risk to the organisation, incomplete/improper data removal ranked the highest, at 9.44. On top of that, over one-third (34 percent) of the respondents said data removal is high on their overall list of IT security priorities and 47 percent place it in the middle of their priority list.
So it seems that data removal is inching its way up the list of IT security priorities throughout the computer’s lifecycle. Ensuring that active data is removed permanently on a regular basis and that the data from old IT assets are securely erased or stored until disposal.
At Recytech we deal with the computers at the end of their lifecycle and can either erase data onsite or collect your computers from your office and then erase the data and dispose of your computers securely. If you would like to talk to us about decommissioning your computers then please give us a call on 09 972 1936.