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Origin Storage Announces New Security Product – Privacy Filters

6th December 2016

Origin Storage Announces New Security Product – Privacy Filters



Origin Storage forms collaboration partnership with Cardwave

3rd October 2016

Press Release for Immediate Release

3rd October 2016

Origin Storage forms collaboration partnership with Cardwave


Basingstoke, Hampshire: October – 3rd – 2016. Origin Storage have become a Solutions Partner of SafeToGo™ centrally managed encrypted USB’s by Cardwave.


Mobile work forces are an important part of any modern day corporate environment, and USB storage devices have become essential, but they are small and easy to lose! SafeToGo™ is a security solution for individuals and organisations who value their data and need assurances that it can be kept safe when being carried around.


SafeToGo™ is a fully robust, hardware encrypted USB3.0 flash drive that protects sensitive data and can be fully managed through the SafeConsole Secure USB Management Server, giving administrators control over specific features that help users manage and secure sensitive data. SafeToGo™ has been designed and manufactured to achieve the highest levels of quality, performance and security, and is CE, FCC and RoHS certified. The housing is made from aluminium and available in capacities from 4GB to 64GB.


Inspire Architects is a customer of SafeToGo. They recommend the product because it offers a secure solution that is easy to use and flexible for their future company growth plans.


A spokesperson for the practice said they use the service:

“To ensure that our company and client’s files are securely encrypted when working or travelling off site. With the new GDPR coming into force we needed to ensure that data on the move is safely secured by a hardware encrypted device that is also compact and robust. It’s really easy to set up and use. As our company grows, the knowledge that we can use it alongside a central USB management system was also really attractive.”

Inspire Architects


New general data protection regulations (GDPR) mean organisations that handle EU citizens’ data face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of their global annual turnover if they are found non-compliant. The GDPR will come into full effect in 2018. Organisations are now required to tell regulators about a personal data breach. This notification won’t be required if the breach is “unlikely to result in a risk for the rights and freedoms of individual.” For example if the USB was encrypted.


Stuart Eling, Sales Manager at Origin Storage commented;


“At Origin Storage we are continually building our product portfolio and are always looking for partners with innovative new solutions to complement our storage and data security technologies. SafeToGo™  is a perfect fit to our existing solutions based portfolio.”

Paul Norbury, Chief Executive, Cardwave commented;

“We are proud to announce Origin’s appointment as a new distributor for SafeToGo. The partnership with Origin is a key piece of our channel portfolio jigsaw ensuring that we now have agreements with a strong growing mix of distributors across Europe for the product range.” said Paul Norbury, Chief Executive, Cardwave.





About Origin Storage:

Since 2003, Origin Storage has been an established provider to many of the IT industry’s leading Resellers. At the heart of our success lies a dedicated team of trusted advisers with a wealth of knowledge in storage and data security. That knowledge and the confidence to constantly evolve ourselves, has seen our business branch out into new and exciting areas in the flash storage and memory arena. Our strong business relationships allow us to continually expand and seek fresh, innovative new products that add unique opportunities to the IT market place.


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About Cardwave:

Multi-award-winning company Cardwave, which has offices in Devizes, Wiltshire and Dallas, Texas, was founded by Paul Norbury in 2004 and works with customers of all sizes across the world, providing specialist expertise to organisations who need to secure and distribute their data on removable and embedded media. The business provides value-add services, end-to-end project management, and consultancy solutions, and has positioned itself as one of the market leaders. It also offers business solutions for data security and recovery, in the form of SafeToGo – a hardware encrypted USB – and a recently-launched data recovery service, Data Resus.


Press Contacts:


Origin Storage: Elinor Horsfield – Marketing,

Cardwave: Emma Charlton – Marketing and Communications Manager,

Identity and personal data theft account for 64% of all data breaches

21st September 2016

Data breaches increased 15% in the first six months of 2016 compared to the last six months of 2015, according to Gemalto.

Breach Level Index

Worldwide, there were 974 reported data breaches and more than 554 million compromised data records in the first half of 2016, compared to 844 data breaches and 424 million compromised data records in the previous six months. In addition, 52% percent of the data breaches in the first half of this year did not disclose the number of compromised records at the time they were reported.

Breach Level Index

The Breach Level Index is a global database that tracks data breaches and measures their severity based on multiple dimensions, including the number of records compromised, the type of data, the source of the breach, how the data was used, and whether or not the data was encrypted. By assigning a severity score to each breach, the Breach Level Index provides a comparative list of breaches, distinguishing data breaches that are a not serious versus those that are truly impactful.

According to the Breach Level Index, more than 4.8 billion data records have been exposed since 2013 when the index began benchmarking publicly disclosed data breaches. For the first six months of 2016, identity theft was the leading type of data breach, accounting for 64% of all data breaches, up from 53% in the previous six months. Malicious outsiders were the leading source of data breaches, accounting for 69% of breaches, up from 56% in the previous six months.

“Over the past twelve months hackers have continued to go after both low hanging fruit and unprotected sensitive personal data that can be used to steal identities,” said Jason Hart, VP and CTO for Data Protection at Gemalto. “The theft of user names and account affiliation may be irritating for consumers, but the failure of organizations to protect sensitive personal information and identities is a growing problem that will have implications for consumer confidence in the digital services and companies they entrust with their personal data.”

Healthcare data breaches increase 25%

Across industries, the healthcare industry accounted for 27% of data breaches and saw its number of data breaches increase 25% compared to the previous six months. However, healthcare represented just 5% of compromised data records versus 12% in the previous six months.

Government accounted for 14% of all data breaches, which was the same as the previous six months, but represented 57% of compromised records.

Financial services companies accounted for 12% of all data breaches, a 4% decline compared to previous six months, but accounted for just 2% of compromised data records.

Retail accounted for 11% of data breaches, and declined 6% versus the previous six months, and accounted for 3% of compromised data records.

Education accounted for 11% of data breaches and represented less than one percent of all compromised records. All other industries represented 16% of data breaches and 16% of compromised data records.

In terms of top three geographic regions for reported data breaches, 79% were in North America, 9% were in Europe, and 8% were in Asia-Pacific.

Breach Level Index

Not all data breaches are equal

As data breaches continue to grow in frequency and size, it is becoming more difficult for consumers, government regulatory agencies and companies to distinguish between nuisance data breaches and truly impactful mega breaches,” said Jason Hart, VP and CTO for Data Protection at Gemalto. “News reports fail to make these distinctions, but they are important to understand because each have different consequences. A breach involving 100 million user names is not as severe as a breach of one million accounts with social security numbers and other personally identifiable information that are used for financial gain.”

“In this increasingly digital world, companies, organizations and governments are storing greater and greater amounts of data that has varying levels of sensitivity. At the same time, it is clear that data breaches are going to happen and that companies need to shift from a total reliance on breach prevention to strategies that help them secure the breach. That is why more focus needs to be understanding what really constitutes sensitive data, where it is stored, and using the best means to defend it. At the end of the day, the best way to protect data is to kill it. That means ensuring user credentials are secured with strong authentication and sensitive data is protected with encryption so it is useless to the thieves.”


EU GDPR – prevent lost portable data and avoid €20 million or more in fines.

8th June 2016

Every company doing business in the European Union has some challenges ahead.
IAPP President and CEO J. Trevor Hughes

Concerns for any EU or globally active entity.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means that organizations, that handle EU citizens data face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of their global annual turnover if they are found non-compliant.

“Thanks to an extraterritoriality clause, even a company or service provider with no physical EU footprint still has to comply with the EU data protection legislation if it processes EU citizens’ data making it of global concern.” stated Duncan Brown, research director at IDC to SearchCIO.

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VisionTek Announces Long-Awaited Expansion into European Market

18th April 2016

Increases in EMEA demand drives strategic distribution partnership with Origin Storage

April 18, 2016, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs, today announced expanded distribution of products into Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The EMEA demand is primarily fuelled by Dell’s aftermarket PC upgrade options that VisionTek designs for optimal system compatibility, and is made possible through a partnership with Origin Storage based out of the UK.

“Every business needs to improve performance between PC buying cycles. VisionTek is excited to help companies around the globe increase productivity via our upgrades,” said Michael Innes, President of VisionTek. “VisionTek’s graphics and accessories are designed to help companies optimize PC application performance, support the user experience, and ultimately drive business computing efficiencies.”

VisionTek is planning to do business primarily through Origin’s channel and focus on the long-standing Dell aftermarket upgrade model to lay the foundation for growth through the EU, Middle East, and Africa. Addressing incremental demand is the driving force behind VisionTek’s expansion, with plans to have a long-term relationship with a focus on value-add partners, such as Origin. Origin will support VisionTek’s line of PC graphics and accessories into EMEA, additionally providing active sales efforts throughout all these regions.

Origin Storage is excited to partner with a strategic brand like VisionTek, as the company is a natural complement for Origin’s customers in EMEA. Andy Cordial, Managing Director, at Origin Storage noted that the partnership fills a big gap in Origin’s product portfolio, adding, “as these modern companies look to understand and boost performance of their PCs they now have an additional graphics products and accessories to enhance performance which will in turn maximize ROI.”

About Origin Storage Limited
For more than a decade now, Origin Storage has been an established provider to many of the IT industry’s leading Distributors and Resellers. At the heart of our success lies a dedicated team of trusted advisers with a wealth of knowledge in matched upgrades and data security. That knowledge and the confidence to constantly evolve ourselves, has seen our business branch out into new and exciting areas. Our strong business relationships allow us to continually expand and seek fresh, innovative new products to add to the IT market. The Origin head office is located in Basingstoke, Hampshire and can be contacted by calling +44(0) 1256 813989 or by emailing

About VisionTek Products LLC
Since 1988, VisionTek Products LLC (VisionTek) is recognized as a leading developer of memory, cables and adapters, graphics cards, power supplies, SSDs, and other PC and Macintosh computer accessories. Its products are found at leading retailers, distributors, PC system builders and e-commerce sites. VisionTek is headquartered in East Dundee, Illinois, and can be contacted by calling 866-883-5411 or by emailing

Expanding the storage arena with Qsan

16th June 2015

Origin Storage has taken on board Qsan, a global leader in advanced storage solutions. As Qsan’s official UK distributor for its TrioNAS range of products, Origin will bring enterprise-class features to small and medium sized businesses.

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Origin at CCKO2015

12th February 2015

First time at Computacenter’s Annual Kick-off event

Origin Storage recently attended our first ever Computacenter Kick-off event held at Celtic Manor Resort, it was a superb event which started by watching the opening game of the Six Nations at The Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff!!
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Channel Integrator of the Year at Seagate Partner Awards 2014

20th January 2015

We are the Champions: Origin Storage become Channel Integrator of the Year at Seagate Partner Awards in 2014

Matched solutions specialist, Origin Storage, is proud to announce their recent achievement, winning UK Channel Integrator of the Year 2014 at the Seagate Partner Awards held on 10th September at The Belfry.

The award was presented to Andy Cordial, Managing Director of Origin Storage by Seagate’s Sales Manager for UK and Ireland, Andrew Palmer. Origin stood out as the winner due to their strong and committed partnership with Seagate; with Seagate a consistent and valued fixture within Origin’s product offering and reseller activity.

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