Discarded Storage Poses Risk

Security, financial risks of data breaches grow as some it departments inadvertently expose data by improperly retiring data storage products

October 31, 2008

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OAKDALE, Minn. -- Patient health records, social security numbers, bank account numbers and internal auditing procedures are examples of the kinds of information that is unknowingly leaking” out of data centers. This disturbing trend is the result of companies improperly disposing of used data storage products at end-of-life, including a growing practice of selling used computer tape cartridges to so-called “recertifiers.” Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a worldwide leader in the removable data storage, A/V consumer electronics and accessories markets, today announced it has uncovered these and other serious data security and financial risks facing Corporate America due to improper destruction of used data storage products.

“All used data storage products, whether optical discs, flash, hard drives, or tape media, must be properly retired and disposed of in order to protect against possible data leaks. Despite the data storage industry’s warnings, companies continue to put themselves at risk. Imation wants to remind data centers that the only way to securely dispose of used tape media is through a reputable tape destruction service that provides a ‘certificate of destruction.’” said Dr. Subodh Kulkarni, vice president, Global Commercial Business, R&D and Manufacturing, Imation. “Tests in our lab of more than 100 commercially obtained tape cartridges confirmed that significant data “leakage” is occurring as a result of the practice of ‘recertifying’ instead of properly destroying used tape. We take this issue seriously, because Imation’s business is centered on security in data storage and our products are being resold and reused in ways that can compromise a company’s information.”

Imation Corp.

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