Gaps in data sanitization knowledge are leaving global enterprises open to breaches, compliance failures and lost profits. A study commissioned by Blancco, a market leader in data erasure software, surveyed 1,850 senior leaders from some of the world’s largest enterprises about their end-of-life device disposal practices. The report investigates the cost of destroying IT assets as well as the current misconceptions that prompt so many decision makers to mistakenly choose inadequate approaches.
The report also offers advice on best practice for moving forward. The research shows that, in many enterprises, there is a special focus at device end-of-life on physically destroying devices. Organizations often feel that this is enough to protect against sensitive data on end-of-life assets falling into the wrong hands. However, physical destruction also has significant drawbacks. Enterprises might be deluding themselves into thinking that devices are being securely sanitized—either internally or by third-party vendors—when in fact they are not.