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The Importance of NAID AAA Certified Shredding for Your Business

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Are you looking for a document shredding provider? If so, you must be one hundred percent sure your documents are disposed of properly. Before signing a shredding services contract, make sure your provider is NAID AAA Certified. In this blog, we explain why NAID AAA Certification is important and how it benefits your business.

What is NAID?

NAID stands for the National Association of Information Destruction, the international trade association for companies providing information destruction services. NAID’s mission is to promote the information destruction industry and the standards and ethics of its member companies.

How AAA Certification Is Earned

NAID AAA Certification is an endorsement that off-site and mobile shredding service providers can earn by meeting NAID qualification standards. To achieve AAA Certification, shredding and destruction providers must be audited by an independent Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) who is accredited by the American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS). During an audit, the following areas are assessed:

  • Operational and facility security
  • Information destruction processes
  • Employee hiring practices
  • Insurance liability coverage

After certification is awarded, the shredding and destruction provider agrees to ongoing audits verifying its compliance with NAID standards.

Privacy Protection Advantages

A NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction provider makes sure that your company’s information is destroyed with the utmost security. Secure collection containers are used to collect your documents for shredding. Your shredding provider uses uniformed, extensively trained, background-screened professionals when collecting, transporting, and destroying your documents. They always adhere to strict chain of custody procedures.

Compliance Benefits

NAID AAA Certified shredding enhances your company’s adherence to privacy rules. HIPAA, FACTA, SOX, GLB and a host of federal and state regulations require businesses to have written and verifiable information destruction procedures. Breaches of personally identifiable information (PII) or protected health information (PHI) can result in heavy non-compliance fines. A NAID AAA Certified shredding provider issues a Certificate of Destruction each time your documents are destroyed. This document offers proof of your company’s compliance with state and federal privacy laws.

When outsourcing your shredding and destruction, consider using a NAID AAA Certified shredding service.

CI Information Management provides shredding services as well as full-service records and information management in the Tri-Cities, the Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, Hermiston, OR, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and nearly everywhere in between.

For more information about NAID AAA Certified shredding, please call us at 509-586-6090 or complete the form on this page.