Blancco Data Erasure Readies Devices For Circular Economy

MI&S ESG Research Note

Blancco Technology Group, a data erasure and lifecycle solutions provider, reported that its software erased 63.8 million devices in FY 2023, preventing an estimated 107 million kilograms (236 million pounds) of IT devices from entering landfills. The company’s software allows for the reuse, recycling, donation, or sale of end-of-life devices, contributing to a circular economy. Blancco’s “erasing data for good” software helps companies maintain a strong security posture while avoiding the physical destruction of unwanted or end-of-life devices. 

Blancco’s data erasure is permanent and irreversible. There is an important distinction between data deletion and data erasure. When you delete data, it merely removes the pointers to the data, rendering it inaccessible to the operating system. Still, the data remains on the device, and someone can recover it using specialized software. Blancco’s data erasure is a software-based procedure that overwrites the data with random binary data, adhering to established standards and making the data irrecoverable.

Every erasure done by Blancco is subjected to verification and certification, ultimately generating a signed and tamper-proof Erasure Certificate. This certificate serves as evidence of adherence to local, national, and global data protection regulations, according to the company.

Blancco says it complies with more than 24 international data wiping and erasure standards set by governmental agencies, legal authorities, and independent testing laboratories.

As evidenced by the 63.8 million devices the company erased in FY 2023, this method can be significant in allowing the safe reselling, repurposing, or disposal of hard and solid-state drives. This type of technology will likely play an essential role in contributing to a circular economy and avoiding a vast amount of e-waste. Additionally, many of these devices can in turn be used in developing countries at a low to no cost for essential communications on Wi-Fi and mobile networks. Over 40% of the world is still unconnected and Blancco’s efforts could play a role in bridging the digital divide.  

Additional analyst note: The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report revealed that 53.6 million tons 3of electronic waste (e-waste) were discarded worldwide in the previous year, with a mere 17.4% of it being recycled. The report further noted that even countries with established e-waste management systems struggled to achieve high collection and recycling rates. 

Melody Brue
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Mel Brue is vice president and principal analyst covering modern work and financial services. Mel has more than 25 years of real tech industry experience in marketing, business development, and communications across various disciplines, both in-house and at agencies, with companies ranging from start-ups to global brands. She has built a unique specialty working in technology and highly regulated spaces, such as mobile payments and finance, gaming, automotive, wine and spirits, and mobile content, ensuring initiatives address the needs of customers, employees, lobbyists and legislators, as well as shareholders. 

Will Townsend
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Will Townsend manages the networking and security practices for Moor Insights & Strategy focused on carrier infrastructure providers, carrier services, enterprise networking and security. He brings over 30 years of technology industry experience in a variety of product, marketing, channel, business development and sales roles to his advisory position.

Patrick Moorhead
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.