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Unisys federal contract to use Digital Shredder

Ensconce Data Technology : 18 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Disk sanitiser for eliminating data from end of life drive units to be used in federal government applications in contract with Unisys.
Ensconce Data Technology (EDT), creators of the Dead on Demand products and Best Practice Solutions, has announced a three-year agreement with Unisys to make the Digital Shredder Appliance available on the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement IV (SEWP) contract. This contract provides the entire federal government and their authorised prime contractors access to EDT's Digital Shredder, a best practice solution for end-of-life hard drive sanitisation.

To kick off its relationship with Unisys, EDT's Vice President of Government Solutions, Bruce Stimon, will demonstrate the Digital Shredder at the Unisys' booth (number 1030) at the 2008 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference in San Diego the week of March 17th.

"We are pleased to offer this best-in-class solution to our federal clients through the NASA SEWP-IV program," said Tom Conaway, managing partner for homeland security, Unisys. "EDT's Digital Shredder offers a portable and more efficient alternative to traditional sanitisation methods, ensuring secure business operations across the enterprise."

Eliminating end-of-life data on hard drives is becoming a greater security challenge as hard drive capacity demand continues to shorten technology life cycles. Strict government data compliance and OMB security mandates have addressed Information Assurance as a whole, but many of today's methodologies are inadequate and lack policy compliance. EDT developed the Digital Shredder to address agencies' critical need to sanitise hard drive data beyond forensic reconstruction.

The Digital Shredder makes use of Secure Erase Technology, which is already embedded in the firmware of most hard drives, yet has sat dormant for many years. The Digital Shredder's use of this technology allows for complete drive sanitization in a non-destructive manner, thereby reducing toxic e-Waste.

Additional benefits include an automated and verifiable audit trail, which significantly reduces man-hours, human error and improves policy compliance.
"Feedback from government agencies already using the Digital Shredder through existing government contracts has been tremendous," said Bruce Stimon - Vice President, Government Solutions. "The need for government agencies to improve their sanitisation policy, process and procedures is mission critical. Securing this contract with Unisys provides EDT with a great opportunity to broaden our presence within the public sector—a presence that is quickly gaining traction as government customers are recognizing the Digital Shredder as the preferred end-point solution for managing the last phase of the hard drive life cycle."
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