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Feature Preview: Stay Compliant with Secure Erase

Some customers need for compliance reasons the ability to erase files in a secure manner. This patch adds such ability by allowing an external program (like wipe or shred.exe) to be invoked to perform the secure erase of spool files or recycled backup volumes on disk.


Strict industry standards and government regulations are in place that force organizations to mitigate the risk of unauthorized exposure of confidential corporate and government data. Regulations in the United States include HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act); FACTA (The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003); GLB (Gramm-Leach Bliley); Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOx); and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and the Data Protection Act in the United Kingdom. Failure to comply can result in fines and damage to company reputation, as well as civil and criminal liability.


The development of Secure Erase was sponsored by the card-payment transaction provider cardtech. Secure Erase is already available with our nightly builds and will be part of the next major release 15.2.

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