A recent IDG research survey among 200 U.S.-based IT leaders found they are keenly aware of the risks associated with the inappropriate disposal of end-of-life IT equipment. Their top concerns include loss or theft of customer or patron information; damage to the organization’s reputation; loss or theft of intellectual property; punitive fines; and criminal charges. Despite these concerns, there is a great deal of confusion over how to erase properly the data on end of life IT assets. 56% of IT professionals who were recently surveyed by Blancco, a leader in data erasure software, erroneously believed that a quick or full reformat of a drive would permanently erase all data. Failure to properly destroy the data on end-of-life IT assets can lead to serious breaches of data protection and privacy policies, compliance problems, and added costs. There are three main options for data destruction: 1) Overwriting, 2) Degaussing, and 3) Physical Destruction.
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