Kroll OnTrack has revamped and re-launched its established data wiping product, Ontrack Data Eraser, using technology from its 2006 acquisition of Norwegian data company, IBAS.

Two previous products – IBAS’s Expert Eraser and Ontrack’s Data Eraser – are now reborn as a single software entity, now simply known as Ontrack Eraser. The major benefits are that the system can manage the secure wiping of any number of hard drives on any network or LAN location, on Windows or Linux, giving a single view of the whole data erasure process and history.

The offering couples with a new hardware module, also taken from the IBAS stable, called OnTrack Degausser, which can be used to carry out electro-magnetic wiping of any media type from hard disks to USB sticks and removable media.

“While many companies are good at protecting their data with firewalls, anti-virus software, encryption and network passwords, these same companies forget to erase their data before discarding, selling or giving away PCs, said Kroll OnTrack’s Jim Reinert.

“Ontrack Eraser reduces the risk of lost business secrets, a diminished reputation and liability by ensuring a company’s most critical business data doesn’t inadvertently walk out the front door.”

The system has three parts to it; a server that can reside on a workstation or actual server, a separate client setup program to control whether the wiring process should be automatic or require user input, and a client stub that sits on the PC being targeted.

The company is convinced that the security of the product has a green angle to it because it will make it easier for companies to recycle hard drives in accordance with directives such as WEEE.

Ontrack Eraser can be bought on a pay-as-you-go licensing model basis, starting at 50 erasures for £350 ($700), which have no time limit on their use. The hardware degausser costs around £12,500 ($25,000), but can also be hired for three-month periods and above.

Data wiping is another one of these good ideas that astonishingly few companies have taken to, as evidenced by the amount of sensitive data that regularly turns up on drives sold on the second-hand market.

Rival Blancco in August claimed a world record for drive wiping performance. Kroll Ontrack, meanwhile was reluctant to make performance claims about the new version of its software, claiming that such tests depended on the drives and network on which they were made.