Blancco

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Blancco Ltd. is an international data security company that specializes in data erasure and computer reuse management solutions for corporations, governments[1] and computer remarketing companies[2] worldwide. Founded and headquartered in Joensuu, Finland, the company now operates around the globe with offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Corporation[edit]

History[edit]

In 1997, Janne Tervo and Kim Väisänen co-founded Carelian Innovation Ltd, a company focusing mainly on research and development projects in the field of electronics and computer peripheral devices. In the latter part of that year, a Finnish hospital accidentally sold a PC containing medical records of 3,000 patients, and the idea of a 100% secure data erasure tool for securely wiping hard disk drives was born. The company’s first data erasure product, Blancco Data Cleaner, was released in 1999. Then, in 2000, Carelian Innovations Ltd. changed its name to Blancco Ltd.

In 2003, Blancco reached one million users and by 2005 exceeded three million users. Sun Microsystems and Blancco formed a partnership in 2007 to deliver secure and flexible data erasure solutions. Another important milestone also occurred in 2007 when Blancco was approved and included in the NATO Information Assurance Product Catalogue (NIAPC). The company expanded its product line in 2008 with the introduction of the Blancco 4.5 client series for added server support, and the Data Center Edition, which enables safe reuse of the hard drives in mass storage environments for clients such as Sun, HP and EMC that need deep data expunging.[3]

The company released Blancco Mobile for smartphone erasure in 2012. In 2011, Blancco LUN was launched and in 2012 Blancco 5 and Management Console 3 were released. The company also acquired DBAN in 2012 and received Common Criteria certification that same year. In 2013, Blancco introduced an SSD erasure solution as part of the Blancco 4 and Blancco 5 product solutions, as well as Blancco vCloud Erasure to erase virtual servers in data center environments that use the VMware vCloud Director tool.

Today, the company continues to focus on data security and reaches a wide range of industries, including banking, finance, government and defense. Over 250 refurbishment centers worldwide have standardized on Blancco’s technology platform.[4]

Management team[edit]

Kim Väisänen, CEO and Co-Founder
Janne Vara, COO
Sari Tiainen, CFO

Board of directors[edit]

Dr. Michael Röchner, Chairman
Kim Väisänen
Ari Hakkarainen

Territories/Divisions[edit]

Europe[edit]

Joensuu, Finland (Head Office)
Helsinki, Finland
Tampere, Finland
Roubaix, France
Berlin, Germany
Ludwigsburg, Germany
Milan, Italy
Moscow, Russia
Madrid, Spain
Stockholm, Sweden
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
London, United Kingdom

North America[edit]

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Mexico City, Mexico
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Asia-Pacific[edit]

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Tokyo, Japan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Auckland, New Zealand

Products[edit]

Blancco’s data wipe products scale from a single, reusable PC erasure tool to software for erasure requirements in mass storage environments and data centers. The various versions support erasure of different hardware configurations.

Supported hardware erasure[edit]

PC Edition Server Edition SPARC Edition Data Center Edition
Number of hard drives supported 4 16 200+ 200+
Overwrite IDE, SATA, SCSI Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overwrite SAS hard disks Yes Yes Yes
SSD erasure Yes Yes No Yes
Freeze lock removal Yes Yes No Yes
Overwrite Fibre Channel hard disks Yes Yes Yes
Overwrite USB hard disks Yes Yes Yes Yes
Erase several disks simultaneously Yes Yes Yes
RAID dismantling Yes Yes
Overwrite HPA and DCO areas Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overwrite IDE, SAS and SCSI remapped sectors Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hardware testing Yes Yes Yes Yes

Certifications[edit]

Blancco’s products exceed international security standards and adhere to international certification processes. Blancco’s security certificates and approvals include:

  • Common Criteria (ISO 15408)[5]
  • Communications Electronics Security Group: United Kingdom Information Technology Group (CESG)[6]
  • BSI (Federal Office for Information Security/ Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik), Germany
  • Netherlands National Communication Security Agency (Dutch AIVD)
  • Swedish Armed Forces
  • Central Information Systems Security Division (DCSSI), France
  • Refurbished (reuse) Information Technology Equipment Association (RITEA), Japan
  • The Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW)

Approvals and recommendations[edit]

  • NATO (listed in the NATO Information Assurance Product Catalogue)[7]
  • United States Department of Defense
  • Defense INFOSEC Product Co-Operation Group of the UK: United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (DIPCOG)
  • TÜV SÜD
  • Czech Republic’s National Security Authority (Národní bezpecnostní úrad)
  • Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM)

Standards[edit]

The following international standards are supported by Blancco software:

Standards supported by Blancco 5[edit]

  • HMG Infosec Standard 5, Baseline/Lower Standard
  • HMG Infosec Standard 5, Enhanced/Higher Standard
  • U.S. Department of Defense Sanitizing (DOD 5220.22-M, DOD 5220.22-M ECE)
  • Bruce Schneier's algorithm
  • Navy Staff Office Publication (NAVSO P-5239-26)
  • National Computer Security Center (NCSC-TG-025)
  • Air Force System Security Instructions 5020
  • U.S. Army AR380-19
  • OPNAVINST 5239.1A
  • NSA 130-1
  • Peter Gutmann's algorithm
  • NAVSO P-5239-26 TOP SECRET (FEPROM)
  • NAVSO P-5239-26 SECRET or CONFIDENTIAL (FEPROM)
  • U.S. Army AR380-19 (FEPROM)
  • Firmware-based secure erase—ATA
  • Firmware-based secure erase—SCSI
  • NIST 800-88 ATA
  • Extended NIST 800-88 ATA
  • Extended NIST 800-88 SCSI
  • Blancco SSD Erasure ATA

Standards supported by Blancco 4.12[edit]

  • NIST 800-88 Clear/Purge Method I
  • NIST 800-88 Clear/Purge Method II
  • NIST 800-88 Clear/Purge Method I + II
  • HMG Infosec Standard 5, Baseline/Lower Standard
  • HMG Infosec Standard 5, Enhanced/Higher Standard
  • Peter Gutmann's algorithm
  • US Department of Defense Sanitizing DOD 5220.22-M
  • Bruce Schneier's algorithm
  • NAVSO P-5239-26 for RLL
  • National Computer Security Center NCSC-TG-025
  • Air Force System Security Instructions 5020
  • U.S. Army AR380-19
  • German Standard BSI/VSITR
  • OPNAVINST 5239.1A
  • Non-confidential
  • Department Confidential
  • State Confidential
  • State SECRET
  • NSA 130-1
  • U.S. Department of Defense Sanitizing (DOD 5220.22-M, DOD 5220.22-M ECE)
  • SSD

Awards[edit]

Data erasure tools from Blancco have garnered awards and accolades that include:

See also[edit]

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