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GDPR: Shield your devices, not just your Apps

Posted: 10 April 2018 By: Tom Mulders Categories: Networking, Servers, Services, Software, Storage, News, Solutions

Have you heard the term “Data Remanence”? It means data that is recoverable from components such as disk drives, NV Ram etc. Already many government departments and sensitive organizations insist that no physical footprint of their data may leave their control. This requirement is becoming more critical for many of our customers and the GDPR makes protecting data on a physical level such as this ever more important…

How HPE can help

HPE can help you to protect sensitive data in many ways, but today, we would like to focus on the control of devices that hold this data (less glamorous than the world of espionage and hacking, but no less important). Remember, it’s not only disk drives that are capable of retaining data; memory, system boards and other devices also retain data which can be accessed even from a failed device. 

To help you retain data HPE offers Defective Media Retention (DMR) and Comprehensive Defective Material Retention (CDMR). When a disk goes bad, the data on it might still be accessible through a variety of tools and techniques. So how do you ensure you’re in compliance with GDPR? Read more about how our services can help you keep sensitive data safe. With a DMR or CDMR option in your support, your customer gets to keep the device in his control.

We can also help you remove data from your devices with our HPE Data Sanitization service.

HPE has been in the market for years with a comprehensive set of integrated and very importantly, standardized services that you can implement today to solve many of the issues that face companies doing business in the current environment. Combining DMR, CDMR and Data Sanitization services, along with the rest of the Data Privacy Portfolio where applicable will really deliver value for our customers and critically, help them to demonstrate their investment in compliance to the relevant authorities, as well as their own customers.

The importance for your customer

Hardly a day passes without some new story in the media about how personal data – be it medical records, credit card details, or simply names and addresses – has been mishandled. This can have a devastating effect not only on the individuals involved, but also on the reputation of the organization that had been entrusted with the information. Additionally the GDPR strengthens the consequences for non-compliance by a large factor (from a maximum fine of €500K to €20M or 4% of annual worldwide turnover). This is a significant change and may well tip the balance for your customer when it comes to a cost/benefit analysis.

Never has the subject of how companies deal with the, often highly personal, data they hold about us been more in focus. We all place our trust in whoever we deal with to handle this data properly, not only within the legal standards and upcoming GDPR regulations of the day but with the greatest level of care possible.

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