Certify with NAID & Data Destruction Worries Fade. But, what is it?

NAID is the National Association for Information Destruction and is the international trade association for companies providing information destruction services. Suppliers of products, equipment and services to destruction companies are also eligible for membership. Their mission is to promote the information destruction industry and the standards and ethics of its member companies.

Why Is NAID Important?

There are several reasons why companies need to pay attention to the way they are handling data destruction. but the biggest and most important might be: because it is the law. You will want to research your specific state’s current requirements for the way you are disposing of consumer data to be sure you are up to date.
If data is not cleaned off electronics properly, it could result in security breaches, data leaks, competitive client data getting into the wrong hands, trade secrets becoming public, and many other embarrassing and possibly illegal scenarios. Beyond financial costs in the form of fines, there is also potential litigation, damage to databases, and deteriorated reputations.

How Can NAID Help?

NAID AAA Certification Program is a voluntary program for member companies providing information destruction services. Through the program, NAID members will be audited for mobile and/or plant-based operations in paper or printed media, micromedia, computer hard drive destruction, and/or computer hard drive sanitization. Under this program, the certification application and associated fees cover only individual locations. If a NAID member operates in multiple locations, each location must pass the audit to be certified. NAID members who receive certification must specify the location certified in company literature when referencing the NAID certification program.

For companies that seek these services, NAID offers an online directory of members and AAA certified members. They also offer e-newsletters, videos, events and in-person trainings around the country.

Want Secure Data Destruction?

Glacier’s Director of Compliance, Michael Hutchcraft recently attained NAID certification as a Certified Secure Destruction Specialist. He is also an R2 Lead Auditor so can assist with your e-waste efforts as well for clients seeking to incorporate both processes into one project.

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