SOURCE: Blancco Ltd.

March 20, 2006 08:05 ET

Blancco – Stealth Cleaner Locks Up Data on Retired PCs for Good

New Product Addresses the Security of Retired Computers During Transit

JOENSUU, FINLAND and ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- Blancco, the world leader in professional data destruction, today released Blancco – Stealth Cleaner, an innovative product designed to protect the data on retired PCs during transit.

”Most companies believe that outsourcing the erasure task to recycling centres eliminates the risk of information leaks, but they fail to acknowledge the risks which are present before the computers reach the recycling centre,” says Mr. Kim Väisänen, Managing Director of Blancco.

The most secure way to protect confidential information is to completely sanitize the drives before computers leave the company’s premises or to encrypt all data. However, this is often not feasible as both are time consuming processes. The next best solution is to ensure that the data is not accessible during transit.

Blancco – Stealth Cleaner is designed especially to address this security issue. It is installed on retired PCs just before they are transported to a recycling facility. It only takes 30 seconds to install and is therefore more feasible than complete onsite erasure. Once the PCs are at the recycling facility, they can be sanitized normally using Blancco’s network-managed erasure solution.

”Unauthorized disclosure of confidential information stored on just a single hard drive could easily result in expensive lawsuits or hefty fines. By installing Blancco – Stealth Cleaner on end-of-lease PCs, our customers’ data can be safeguarded throughout the chain-of-custody process,” says Dan Fuller, President of EPC, one of the leading asset recovery service companies and an independent arm of CSI Leasing’s group of companies.

Once Blancco – Stealth Cleaner is installed on a retired PC, erasure is activated automatically upon the next boot up. In other words, the next boot up results in self-destruction. Within a matter of seconds it becomes exponentially impossible to recover any data and eventually all the data is completely destroyed. Some tools merely encrypt file indexes but Blancco – Stealth Cleaner destroys these along with all the other data.

The product can also be programmed to activate the erasure on a specific date. In addition, it can record activation parameters along hardware asset configuration. This data can then be forward to the recipient e.g., a recycling or remarketing company, before the assets leave the customers’ premises.

About Blancco With several million end-users, an impressive clientele and a broad network of trusted partners, Blancco has proved to be the global specialist in the field of professional data destruction and computer reuse management.

Founded in 1997, Blancco Ltd. has its corporate headquarters in Joensuu, Finland. Besides its 8 international offices, Blancco has partners in all continents and in more than 20 countries.

For more information about Blancco Ltd. and its products and services, please visit www.blancco.com

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