Mobile devices possess large volumes of confidential data. They pose a special risk because of their size and portability, and the fact that people are under impression that deleting the data and even hard resetting the mobile device cleans the data, while it is not. Even after you have “deleted” data, it still remains a perfect treasure trove for identity thieves, unless the information on it has been properly sanitized.
Anyone with a little bit literacy in data recovery can fairly easily resurrect “deleted” data on smartphones, including address books, contacts, photos, documents and e-mails. Your browsing history, SMS messages and temporary files left in the free space of the device will tell a lot about your identity and may compromise you, your company and your customers.
Information security regulations, such as UK Data Protection Act, GLBA, HIPAA, US State Breach Laws and Sarbanes-Oxley, mean that proper actions must be taken to securely dispose of sensitive information. With SecuWipe you will not only ensure you are compliant, but will honor your customers’ confidentiality and avoid identity theft. Data sanitization is a required component of regulatory compliance.
The HIPAA compliance date was April 14, 2003. It is a set of federal standards that requires healthcare organizations to implement security standards that protect confidentiality of patient data. Preventing the compromise of patient data becomes am imperative in the face of a 50% PDA loss/theft rate. Non-compliance can result in severe penalties, including up to 10 years imprisonment.
UK Data Protection Act
The Data Protection Act requires that any data which can be used to identify a living person is kept secure. This includes names, birthday and anniversary dates, addresses, telephone numbers, Fax numbers, e-mail addresses etc.
Section 501 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) documents specific regulations required for financial institutions to protect “non-public personal information”. As part of the GLBA requirements, it is necessary that a security management process exists in order to protect against attempted or successful unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification of customer records.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) was enacted to increase regulatory visibility and accountability of public companies and their financial health. Sarbanes-Oxley differs from other security regulations as it revolves around the protection of financial records. Companies shall ensure that proper and auditable security measures are in place, otherwise the executives could face criminal penalties if a breach is detected.
SecuWipe is designed to wipe information from devices running on Windows CE/embedded platforms, as well as legacy Windows Mobile platforms, even the most early versions of Windows Mobile/Pocket PC.
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