Erasing a hard drive

WipeDrive 7 adds remote erasing, Win 8 support

Agency IT managers are aware that merely deleting sensitive information from a hard drive doesn’t actually wipe it out. Files need to be securely erased and overwritten to Defense Department standards before a drive can be certified as clean.

Many agencies, such as the Air Force, rely on the WipeDrive program from WhiteCanyon Software to accomplish this goal. With the release of WipeDrive 7, the stalwart drive eraser software suite adds support for all Windows 8 devices, the ability to manage file deletion even over redundant RAID drives, and the ability to trigger the erasing of files remotely if necessary.

Like previous versions of the software, it is certified to Evaluation Assurance Level 4.

“WipeDrive 7 aims to change the traditional standard for hard drive erasure software by making it simple for enterprises to securely wipe any computer they manage, in both local and branch offices, all from a single location,” said Nathan Jones, vice president of business development and sales at WhiteCanyon. “Our remote wiping technology revolutionizes the wiping process by allowing IT staff to remotely wipe any computer on their network without ever having to touch or move it. This new feature has large implications for companies, such as banks and pharmacies, who want to securely manage their branch computers from a centralized location.”

Federal laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, Graham-Leach-Bliley, or other state rules, can also lead to legal liabilities and even criminal penalties if not followed. As a result, enterprises rely on products like WipeDrive to permanently and securely erase all hard drive data to protect their private information and give them the option to recycle and reuse computers and other devices.

“Our customers include leaders in industries, such as health care, military and finance, where protecting personal information is of paramount importance,” added Jones. “The customer trials with the new WipeDrive 7 release prove that the product not only permanently erases all sensitive data but makes it easy for IT teams to manage the hardware retirement process, regardless of operating system, hardware type, language, or Internet connectivity. It is a critical component of any I.T. security program.”

More information about the new software can be found at WhiteCanyon's website.

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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