Are you wondering what data erasure software to use?

At TXO, we use Blancco data erasure software – one of the world’s most popular and trusted methods for erasing data. Its validation process ensures your data is successfully overwritten and the auditable reporting helps your organisation meet compliance. This method also saves money and helps to protect the environment because you’re able to reuse or resell your devices afterwards.

If you have unwanted data stored on your company’s hard drives and devices, why take the risk? Seek the expertise of a professional data destruction provider with expertise in Blancco to make sure data recovery isn’t possible.


When should you securely erase your data?

Certified data wiping is a crucial element of an effective data destruction strategy. Data is the lifeblood of any modern organisation and a valuable commodity that must be protected. Data bearing devices like hard disk drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD) can contain vast quantities of data that can be highly attractive to anyone wishing to disrupt or embarrass your business. Even if you delete that data yourself, it could potentially be recovered.

There are a number of circumstances where your data will be exposed to greater risk of loss or misuse. These include:

  • Re-use: When the device will be used again by a different user; this could be internal or external to your organisation.
  • Re-sale: If you intend to re-sell your unwanted equipment to another individual or company that needs the equipment.
  • Repair: You may be intending to send your device for repair or replacement.
  • Recycle: You may wish to data wipe unwanted data before the device it is stored on is recycled.


Reliable data wiping and destruction solutions

We take extensive measures to ensure data is properly erased and provide a variety of data destruction solutions to fit your needs.


Wiping the hard drive

TXO can carry out a thorough data cleanse of HDD and SDD in our secure lab using the global leader in data erasure software, Blancco, to ensure that any data left on a device is securely wiped. With this method, it is possible for your data bearing devices to be reused, resold, repaired or recycled. Every service comes with a tamper-proof certificate of erasure which is audit-ready and designed to help your organisation meet compliance—no matter where your business is located.

Performing a factory reset

For other data housing hardware such as modems, routers and network switches with flash drives, TXO can perform a factory reset, also known as a master reset, to restore the device’s software to its original manufacturer settings and effectively erase all of the data, settings and applications that were previously on the device.

Shredding the hard drive

If you want your HDDs and SDDs to be completed destroyed, TXO will shred your devices to 30mm fractions which completely destroys the drive platters, mechanisms, and the electronic components rendering the data unrecoverable.

This service incorporates detailed reporting on every item received, a method statement and a certificate of destruction together with a detailed asset register by part code and serial number. Alternatively this service can take place on-site at your premises, which enables all work to take place under the supervision of your own staff.

As a reputable e-waste recycling company, TXO will not only effectively destroy your HDD and data bearing devices, we will also ensure that electronic waste (WEEE) is properly disposed of through strategic recycling and responsible disposal so that you are in compliance with local laws.


Why choose Blancco data erasure software?

As the de facto standard in data erasure, Blancco’s software provides thousands of organisations with data erasure solutions that have been tested, certified, approved and recommended by 18 governing bodies around the world. No other security firm can boast this level of compliance with the most rigorous requirements set by government agencies, legal authorities and independent testing laboratories.

Where the client approves this option, TXO will wipe HDD using the industry leading Blancco data erasure software to render data unrecoverable. The Blancco software securely deletes data to prepare hard drives for reuse and resale, and allows TXO to output certificated evidence to prove that the HDD or array has been completely wiped and complies with legal auditing requirements.


Certified to completely erase HDD and other storage media

Blancco data erasure software, used by TXO, provides an absolute line of defence against costly security breaches, as well as verification of regulatory compliance through a 100% tamper-proof audit trail. For example, Blancco is certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance. The Blancco product exceeded the highest security specifications detailed in the HMG Infosec Standard No: 5 – you can download the Blancco certification fact sheet here.

To provide you with peace of mind that your data has been completely removed and securely handled, TXO has its robust data wiping and destruction methods carefully documented under a sensitive data flow process. All our destruction and shredding services are certified to ISO 27001 (The International Information Security Standard), ISO 9001 (The Quality Standard) and ISO 14001:2015 (The Environmental Standard). Certifications speak to the quality and trustworthiness of a company – you can read more about our certifications here.


What are the risks of not securely and compliantly erasing data when reselling telecom network equipment?

If data bearing equipment is not treated properly, sensitive data may remain. This could result in a data breach, which is an intentional or unintentional release of secure or confidential information to an untrusted environment, and the following problems for your business:

  • Sensitive personal information, such as client data, could be recovered and used to commit fraud or identity theft.
  • Your intellectual property could be stolen and published openly, leading to loss of reputation and revenue.
  • If your data falls into the wrong hands you may be liable for heavy financial penalties for non-compliance with regulatory issues. The maximum fine under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legal framework, which applies in the UK from 25 May 2018, is €20m (£17m in the UK) or 4% of annual global turnover. To avoid data breaches or falling foul of GDPR you need to safeguard your data.


GDPR Compliance

Please read our article about why data erasure is important for GDPR compliance, which should answer all of your questions.


For more information

To find out more about how TXO can help you securely erase all traces of data from your HDD and data bearing storage media, please contact us with your requirements. We’ll confidentially guide you through all of your options. In the course of the discussions regarding the project, it may be necessary or desirable to put in place a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement (CA). We will be glad to provide a template for this purpose or to work with you to agree something suitable.