Do you know where your documents are being shredded? Is the destruction facility and/or equipment secure? Are the employees destroying your information trustworthy? Is your information being destroyed properly and thoroughly? If you are using a National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) AAA Certified shredding and destruction service provider, the answer is “yes” to all of these questions. Here we explain why NAID AAA Certification is so important when choosing a shredding and destruction service provider.
NAID AAA Certification Explained
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is an international, non-profit, trade organization for the shredding and destruction industry. NAID’s mission is to promote the information destruction industry and the standards and ethics of its member companies. NAID also maintains and monitors AAA Certification—a voluntary certification that both off-site and mobile shredding service providers may be awarded. NAID AAA Certification ensures that your information is destroyed securely and according to the highest professional standards by your service provider.
NAID AAA Verified Audit Processes
Shredding and destruction vendors achieve a NAID AAA Certificate by passing a rigorous audit. All audits are conducted by a third-party Certified Protection Professional (CPP), accredited by the American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS), who assess compliance in areas such as:
- Facility and operational security
- Employee hiring practices
- Destruction equipment and processes
- Insurance requirements
- Employee confidentiality agreements
An initial audit is conducted to determine NAID AAA Certification. However, for a shredding company to maintain its certification, it is subject to ongoing, announced and unannounced audits each year. As a shredding and destruction customer, you may request a NAID audit report to monitor your service provider’s compliance.
NAID AAA Guaranteed Security
NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction service providers must meet strict security regulations. Secure shred collection containers must be used to ensure all customer information remains secure until destroyed. Strict chain of custody protocols guarantee secure transfer, handling and transportation of sensitive documents and files at all times.
To prevent privacy breaches, your information should always be thoroughly destroyed. NAID AAA Certified vendors are required to destroy all paper using equipment that features:
- Cross-cut shredding to a 5/8” width particle size or less
- Mixing with thousands of pounds of other shredded material for complete obscurity
While any shredding and destruction service provider can become a NAID member, only AAA Certified vendors are required to follow NAID’s rigorous audit requirements and privacy compliance standards. NAID AAA Certification ensures that your information is destroyed securely and according to the highest professional standards by your service provider. For more information about NAID, visit www.naidonline.org.
FileBank offers NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction services for businesses throughout Canada. To learn more please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.