The National Association for Information Destruction, known as NAID®, is a nonprofit international trade association founded in 1994 to govern information destruction service companies. NAID is dedicated to promoting professionalism and high ethical standards in the shredding and destruction industry. NAID AAA Certification is a voluntary program that offers certification to shredding and destruction providers for the following services:
• Onsite mobile shredding
• Offsite plant shredding
• Media and hard drive destruction
Here we’ve highlighted several benefits your company can enjoy when you choose a NAID AAA Certified shredding vendor for your information destruction needs.
NAID AAA Certified shredding companies undergo both announced and unannounced audits to verify they are following the strictest security standards. Audits are performed by independent information security professionals who have earned Certified Protection Professional (CPP®) accreditation. 22 critical areas are assessed during auditing, including:
• Destruction particle size
• Operational security
• Liability insurance
• Destruction equipment safety
• Security procedures
NAID audits offer assurance that your information is destroyed safely, securely and in compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
NAID AAA Certified shredding companies use trained professionals to handle and destroy your information. The hiring practices of your shredding and destruction vendor are scrutinized during NAID audits to ensure professionalism and privacy protection. The NAID auditor verifies that the following steps have been completed properly during the hiring process:
• Previous employment verification
• Drug screening
• Criminal background check
• Signed confidentiality agreement
Together, these measures ensure you never have to worry that a person of questionable character or with a criminal history is handling your confidential information.
NAID also offers Certified Secure Destruction Specialist (CSDS®) accreditation. This voluntary program assesses an individual’s competency in a range of subject areas related to the secure destruction of information. A shredding and destruction vendor with CSDS-certified employees can offer additional assurance that the privacy of your information will be maintained. Shred Guard is the only shredding services company in Atlantic Canada with Certified Secure Destruction Specialist-accredited employees.
NAID is dedicated to the advancement of high ethical standards within the information destruction industry. Therefore, all NAID AAA Certified shredding companies must abide by a professional code of ethics. The code of ethics includes–but is not limited to–the following principles:
• Honesty, truthfulness, and fairness
• Adherence to federal and provincial laws
• Accurate and fair service and pricing
In short, NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction partners operate with the highest level of integrity at all times.
NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction companies use a closed chain of custody while handling, shredding, and recycling your information. Lockable shredding consoles are delivered to your office for a quick and secure document destruction solution. The consoles protect your information from unauthorized access at all times. GPS-tracked mobile shredding vehicles are used to destroy your documents. From the moment of collection to the time your documents are destroyed and recycled, your information stays in the custody of your NAID AAA Certified shredding provider.
A NAID AAA Certified shredding company can become a trusted privacy protection partner for your business. To learn more about Shred Guard’s NAID AAA Certified shredding services, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.