Data Erasure

Safeguard sensitive data

Certified Data Erasure Services for Public Sector

The pressure on organisations, especially the healthcare sector to build and maintain robust security policies and safeguard sensitive data continues to increase. While there are a few methods to remove sensitive information from your hardware, many involve physical destruction – but this is not your only choice for protecting end-of-life data.

With Primenet’s Data Erasure Service, organisations can add an extra level of protection to their endpoint security policies by permanently erasing sensitive data from HDDs and SSDs in desktops, laptops, servers, scanners, mobile phones etc.

Why is Data Erasure important and who needs it?

All companies should use a professional data erasure method, whether a large corporation or a small business. The most important reason is to ensure that their data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Otherwise, organisations run huge risks on regulation, compliance, breaches and fines, making data sanitisation an essential procedure. A well-known example of data falling into the wrong hands is the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust experienced a breach in 2008.

Any saved personal information that is no longer necessary for the purpose collected, the person withdrawers consent, or if its agreed retention period has expired, must be securely erased. Primenet has helped many businesses to protect and safely erase their data, including some NHS organisations.

Primenet are proud to partner with Blancco Data Erasure Solutions

blancco partnerPrimenet has partnered with Blancco to help you achieve data sanitisation across all your IT assets. Our certified engineers can help you deploy, manage and support you throughout the whole data erasure process.

Blancco data erasure solutions permanently remove all traces of data from a wide range of end-of-life devices sustainably. There is no harm to the environment and devices can be safely reused for a different purpose or sold on, encouraging business cost savings. It’s also an established best practice, with multi-millions of IT assets currently being securely redeployed across the globe.

We can erase to more than 24 standards including HMG Infosec Standard 5 and NIST 800-88.

Our data erasure solutions have been tested, certified, approved and recommended by 24+ governing bodies and leading organisations around the world. No other data erasure software has this level of compliance with the rigorous requirements set by government agencies, legal authorities and independent testing laboratories. Find out more about these HMG Infosec Standard 5 and NIST 800-8 here or search for these terms on G-Cloud 12.

Our industry-leading data erasure solutions are now also available on the UK Government Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Digital Marketplace and G-Cloud 12 framework.

Primenet Blancco deployment and ongoing managed support

If you are looking to achieve data sanitisation across all your IT assets our fully trained Primenet engineers will fully manage and maintain your Blancco solution. 

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  • Secure, certified & patented overwriting methods on all types of computer equipment
  • We can erase to more than 24 standards including HMG Infosec Standard 5 and NIST 800-88.
  • Fully automate the erasure process or across on-premise or remote environments
  • Meet GDPR compliance standards and operates with industry best practice
  • Primenet are on G-Cloud 12 as an approved service provider making
  • Sustainable data sanitisation across all server types and datacentre equipment


What is data erasure?

Data erasure is the method used to destroy all electronic data on a memory device while leaving the device operable; preserving assets and the environment. Allowing you to repurpose or remarket which makes it a cost-effective solution without the risk if of a data breach.

What is data sanitisation?

Data sanitisation is the deliberate process of permanently removing or destroying all traces of data stored on a memory device to make it unrecoverable⁠.

Why data erasure matters in GDPR

Companies in both private and public sectors need to prove that sensitive data is securely erased in line with the GDPR guidelines and show that they are accountable for monitoring, reviewing and assessing relevant processing procedures. Organisations should minimise data processing and unnecessary retention and incorporate safeguards for all data-related activity. Anyone who does not comply will be at risk of punitive fines.

What is a data sanitisation example?

Masking is one example of data sanitisation. This method simply hides any visible data by replacing it with something else. For instance, when a person enters a password, all that can be seen of the password is asterisks or dots, one for each character typed in. In this specific example, masking protects the user as the actual password is not visible to anyone who might be in eye view of the screen.

What's the difference between data deletion and data erasure?

It is a common misconception that when you press the 'delete' button, your data is then unrecoverable. This is not true! It is important organisations understand that data deletion is not permanent and a secure way to remove files. That is the key difference.

What are the benefits of Data Erasure?

IT Security, Operational Efficiency and Corporate Compliance.