Press Release

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kroll Ontrack warns Singaporean companies that delete does not always mean deleted

Leading data recovery firm discovers 300GB of potentially sensitive data on ‘wiped’ devices
SINGAPORE – 1 November 2011 – Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery and information management products and services, is warning companies to be extra vigilant when disposing of computer equipment in light of recent tests carried out in its labs.

Specialists from Kroll Ontrack in Singapore discovered in excess of 300GB of data contained on five devices, all of which were bought from popular international auction site. In each case, the equipment was advertised completely wiped of previously stored information. The test involved two hard disk drives from a server in RAID configuration, a server, a desktop HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and a laptop HDD. After completing the test, Kroll Ontrack found personal and corporate proprietary information including Microsoft? Office documents, applications, databases, e-mails and photos.

“Given the types of devices that we were able to recover data from, it is very likely that this information could have been very sensitive and extremely valuable to its original owner,” said CK Lee, country manager, Kroll Ontrack Singapore. “For security and privacy reasons, we didn’t look into the files in any more detail, but our findings underline that data erasure is critical before any hardware devices are disposed of – personal computers, servers, hard disk drives, USBs and even MP3 players. Simply pressing the ‘delete’ button or using other basic overwriting techniques only removes the pathways to the data and not the data itself and it is essential to remember this when preparing equipment for sale or disposal.”

Recoverable data poses risk of security breaches if it falls into the wrong hands. It is crucial for individuals and businesses to ensure that data is destroyed before disposal. Without the correct data erasure procedures, proprietary information becomes vulnerable.

“It is critical to erase all traces of information to ensure maximum data protection even at disposal,” said Lee. “Data security should be top priority, not only within business terms, but at end of product life as well. Data erasing tools should be incorporated into overall data security and business continuity plans. Having the right information and the right tool when discarding data and devices provides peace of mind that recovery of data will be impossible.”

Companies or individuals can contact Kroll Ontrack for free consultation on the best way to erase data from all types of media.

For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its Ontrack Data Recovery capabilities contact 6296 5131 or visit Kroll Ontrack can provide several options for data erasure such as Ontrack® Eraser Software and Ontrack® Eraser Degausser. All solutions destroy data in a fast, secure and user-friendly way.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, search, analyze, produce and present data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data destruction, paper and electronic discovery, document review, computer forensics and ESI consulting. Kroll Ontrack is the technology services division of Kroll Inc., the global risk consulting company. Kroll is a subsidiary of Altegrity, an industry-leading provider of information solutions. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings, please visit:

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