Blancco Introduces World's First SSD Erasure with Automated Freeze Lock Removal

Oct 08, 2013, 07:00 ET from Blancco Oy Ltd.

JOENSUU, Finland, October 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Leading data erasure provider breaks through the freeze lock barrier and offers patent-pending and third-party tested method for securely sanitizing SSDs

Rapidly gaining in popularity for applications ranging from tablets to mass storage, solid state drives (SSDs) are predicted to make up 40% of the hard drive market by 2016,1 yet challenges have persisted with secure erasure of data from complex flash-based SSD memory. Today, Blancco, the global leader in data erasure and computer reuse solutions, announces a major breakthrough in the erasure of SSDs with the addition of automated freeze lock removal, a feature that opens access to critical firmware-based erasure commands in SSDs.

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The first of its kind in the commercial erasure industry, the automated freeze lock removal feature in Blancco software will be of interest to IT asset disposal specialists (ITADs), recyclers and businesses that value security and efficiency in data erasure processes. The removal of freeze locks automates the thorough sanitization of SSDs to meet regulatory compliance and also eliminates the need for inefficient manual intervention in the erasure processes.

"Organizations that fail to properly manage data erasure for technically-sophisticated SSDs may unknowingly expose themselves to security risks, as traditional hard drive erasure methods often aren't effective for SSDs," said Kim Väisänen, CEO and Co-Founder of Blancco. "With our major breakthrough in freeze lock removal, coupled with our unique SSD erasure process, Blancco offers the best method for achieving complete security and compliance."

Blancco's SSD erasure method is patent pending and has been tested and verified by Stellar Data Recovery, an independent third-party and global leader in data recovery technology. Stellar employed their expertise to perform low-level and invasive testing,  while Blancco has also sought further endorsement through successful completion of the SSD test methodology offered by the Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance (ADISA).

"We tested Blancco's SSD erasure method by attempting to retrieve wiped customer data from a range of SSDs," stated Kees Jan Meerman, Managing Director at Stellar Data Recovery.

"A month of deep level invasive tests on each individual NAND resulted in no trace of customer data being recovered from any of the wiped drives."

About Blancco

Blancco is the proven data erasure solution for millions of users around the globe. As the global leader in data erasure and computer reuse solutions, Blancco offers the most certified data erasure solutions within the industry. The company serves users across a wide range of industries, including banking, finance, government and defense. The company's products are highly valued by IT asset disposal professionals around the world. Blancco operates from an extensive network of international offices and partners across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and Australasia. More information is available at

About Stellar

Stellar Data Recovery is an ISO 9001 certified data recovery services and software giant serving millions of clients across the world. Stellar employs a high class infrastructure, a team of 60 research and development specialists and in-house developed tools and technology. Numerous European businesses, including government agencies, Fortune 500 firms, banks and financial institutions have been satisfied by Stellar Data Recovery. Customers share their trust and reliability with Stellar for the quality of data recovery services on offer. For more details, visit:

1 Chien, R., IHS iSuppli Storage Space Market Brief, "Solid-State Drive Market Revenue Set to more than Double This Year on Renewed Ultrabook Hopes," January 2013, Source

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