Storing useless hardware taking a costly toll on many organizations

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Two in five global organizations waste more than $100,000 a year storing useless IT hardware that could pose a security or compliance risk, according to a recent report from Blancco Technology Group, a provider of data erasure and mobile device diagnostics products.

The company commissioned Coleman Parkes to survey data center experts from 600 organizations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Canada, Japan, and China in December 2018, and found that more than half (54 percent) have been cited at least once or twice by regulators or governing bodies for noncompliance with international data protection laws.

Organizations are opting to spend vast sums of money storing data center devices, in many cases contrary to data protection laws and regulations.

All of the organizations surveyed stored a large portion of their data onsite, with 48 percent storing 31 percent to 60 percent of their data onsite; 42 percent storing 10 percent to 30 percent of their data onsite; and 10 percent storing more than 60 percent of their data onsite.

Most of organizations surveyed (80 percent) admitted that at least one quarter of end-of-life storage drives sit uselessly idle in their data centers.

More than half of the U.S. respondents (52 percent) said their organizations have been cited one or more times by a regulatory/governing body for failure to comply with state, federal, or international data protection laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the last 24 months.

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