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(Novato, CA – January 10, 2012) – DriveSavers Data Recovery, the worldwide leader in data recovery services, announced today that the Ponemon Institute, a privacy and information management research firm, identifies in its second annual study, Trends in Security of Data Recovery Operations, new potential threats to the security of confidential and sensitive data when it is outsourced to third-party data recovery vendors. As businesses and government organizations increase their use of data recovery vendors, the potential for data breach during the data recovery process also increases if the vendor’s security protocols are not properly vetted.
“While the need to recover data is often time sensitive, every effort must be made to ensure that the organization’s confidential and sensitive data is protected during the recovery process,” said Michael Hall, CISO at DriveSavers Data Recovery. “The consequence of using an unscrupulous data recovery vendor can lead to loss or theft of sensitive and confidential information. That could mean a major disruption in business, financial loss and in some cases, closure of the business.”
Ponemon interviewed 769 IT security and IT support practitioners in US healthcare, financial and government organizations, most of who report to CIOs and CISOs. Here are the study highlights:
Based on the Ponemon findings, organizations should have policy and guidelines in place for selecting and using a data recovery service provider. In addition, organizations need to address potential new threats to the security of data during the data recovery process, including business associate agreements for cloud storage providers that outline the need for notification should a data loss occur and the services of a data recovery vendor be engaged. Respondents of the Ponemon studies developed a Data Security Checklist for vetting third-party data recovery service providers.
Healthcare organizations, government agencies and financial organizations are required by law to meet the most stringent data security guidelines and are now requiring third-party data recovery vendors to meet these same guidelines. DriveSavers adheres to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Data Security Rule (GLBA), the Data at Rest mandate (DAR), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
DriveSavers Data Recovery, the worldwide leader in data recovery services, provides the fastest, most reliable and only certified secure data recovery service in the industry. As the only data recovery company to post proof of annual, company-wide SOC 2 Type II audits and its HIPAA data security compliance, DriveSavers services meet the security protocols for financial, government, corporate and healthcare industries. DriveSavers also adheres to U.S. Government security protocols, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Data Security Rule (GLBA), the Data at Rest mandate (DAR) and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Known for its technologically advanced Certified ISO Class 5 (Class 100) Cleanroom, the company is authorized to open storage devices by all major storage device manufacturers without voiding the warranty. DriveSavers engineers are trained and certified in all leading encryption and forensic technologies. Satisfied customers include: Bank of America, Google, Lucasfilm, NASA, Harvard University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, U.S. Army and Sandia National Laboratories.