Study finds previous user’s personal information on refurbished electronics

A global data security study conducted by Blancco Technology Group and Kroll Ontrack has found substantial amounts of past owners’ data on refurbished electronics sold through Amazon, eBay and Gazelle.com. This study emphasizes the need for proper data erasure techniques when refurbishing electronics. Blancco and Kroll Ontrack analyzed 122 secondhand devices, including hard drives, solid…

ISRI issues formal response to deceiving column

ISRI issued a formal response to an article published by the New York Times. In this article, writer John Tierney misrepresents the values and processes of the recycling industry. Tierney’s column grossly misrepresents the advantages and necessity for proper recycling processes in the U.S. ISRI’s response to this article, below, clarifies the misrepresentations in Tierney’s…

Experian breach exposes 15 million personal records

The series of high-profile data hacks continues this week with millions of personal records being accessed by an unauthorized source through Experian. Two weeks ago, an information breach at Experian exposed 15 million T-Mobile customers’ information. Experian and T-Mobile announced this breach yesterday. This breach accessed two years of customer information, including credit applications Experian…

Three steps for evaluating mobility vulnerabilities

Mobility is a constantly changing platform for enterprises everywhere. The move to mobile not only increases overall enterprise productivity and convenience, but also creates new types of vulnerabilities. Before switching to a new mobile plan or changing mobility policy, a company usually conducts a risk assessment or other form of analysis to identify any potential…

Federal government invests $3.7 million in data security projects

Enterprise data breaches are national news almost weekly. Major companies including Target, Home Depot and Chrysler lost customer support after data breaches resulted in leaked customer financial information and even a hijacked vehicle. One of the most notable data breaches of 2015 targeted the Social Security Administration. More than 20 million social security numbers were…