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Seagate Recovery Services Erases Data

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Seagate Recovery Services, a Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) company, today announced the availability of three new data erasure solutions to enable companies to address privacy and data security issues when disposing of or recycling IT equipment. The Seagate Data Eraser products utilize a series of advanced algorithms to erase all data from a disk drive so that proprietary and sensitive information does not get into the wrong hands.

For many industries, legal regulations, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), govern the handling of proprietary, sensitive or personal information. With personal and corporate data increasing at exponential rates and more sensitive information located on local PCs or notebook hard drives, organizations need to properly dispose of data so that they do not expose themselves to potential legal liability or in some cases, possible criminal prosecution.

The Seagate Data Erasure products deliver among the fastest erasing speeds and outstanding control functions in the industry, and also provide a Certificate of Erasure so organizations can confidently dispose of or recycle a hard disk drive knowing that data has been erased. The products offer a choice of 13 data erasure programs, including NSA, DoD, US Armed Services, NCSC, NATO and Gutmann recommended methods, and are highly suitable for a variety of uses from erasing a single disk to providing a network-based solution for erasing a large inventory of disk drives. The Seagate Data Eraser products include:

  • Seagate Data Eraser USB Edition: a portable, hand-size device that can be connected to any PC to access and erase a disk drive.
  • Seagate Data Eraser – Network Edition: a software-based solution, ideally suited for corporate IT departments, installed on a server that can erase data via corporate intranets on selected disk drives.
  • Seagate Data Eraser – Disk Recycler Edition: a software-based solution that is designed for erasing large numbers of disks over a network connection. This is ideal for businesses that recycle their computers.

“Our internal studies show that more than 50 percent of drives returned from customer data centers were not properly erased and still contained corporate data. With the growing amount of information kept on personal computers, sensitive customer and corporate data must be securely managed from the time it is created until it is destroyed,” said Jay Remley, president of the Seagate Recovery Services business unit of the Seagate Services Group. “A thorough internal data security process that utilizes the Seagate Data Eraser products will help organizations remove corporate data leaks and avoid the consequences of improper data disposal or access.”

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