More than $100,000 a year wasted by organisations on cluttered data centres – report

Over half of the respondents surveyed agreed that a quick or full reformat of a drive would permanently erase all data, while 75% confessed that a quarter of all RMA drives stored onsite were purely because they aren’t willing to follow required processes to send them back to the manufacturer.

A survey of 600 data centre experts from APAC, Europe and North America reveals that two in five organisations that store their data in-house, spend more than $100,000 storing useless IT hardware that could pose a security or even a compliance risk.

According to new research by Blancco Technology Group (LON: BLTG), more than half of these companies, 545 to be precise, have been cited at least once or twice by regulators or governing bodies for noncompliance with international data protection laws.

“Global organisations are unnecessarily wasting vast sums of money from noncompliance and onsite storage fees – charges that could be easily mitigated,” said Fredrik Forslund, Vice President, Enterprise and Cloud Erasure Solutions at Blancco.

“This points to a huge lack of education within the sector about what to do with hardware that is faulty or has reached end-of-life. Organisations are letting this hardware pile up in fear of data leakage, resulting in loss of efficiency, increasing capital costs, possible noncompliance and potential security risks.”

It has been revealed that fines of up to $1.5m could be issued for HIPAA violations due to storing data past its retention date, with that number multiplied by the number of years each violation has been allowed to continue. Blancco’s study, produced in partnership with Coleman Parks, also points out the extent in which global organisations are paralyzed by fear of reputational damage.

In layman’s terms, organisations are opting to spend vast sums of money storing these devices, contrary in many cases, to data protection laws and regulations, rather than entrusting them to data erasure experts for wiping before reuse.

Other key global findings include:

  • All organisations surveyed stored a large portion of their data onsite, with 48% storing 31-60% of their data onsite, 42% storing 10-30% of their data onsite and 10% of organisations storing over 60% of their data onsite.
  • Many organizations also stated they are using multiple methods to sanitize their data. What’s worrying is that 62 percent of organizations surveyed are using free online tools with no verification or certification to erase data securely.
  • 80% of the organisations surveyed admitted that at least a quarter of end-of-life drives sit uselessly idle in their data centres.