Why NAID AAA Certification is Important

If you’re seeking an outsourced shredding solution for your company, cost, convenience and reliability matter. But there’s one more factor to consider. In this blog, we explain why NAID AAA Certification is important.

What Is NAID AAA Certification?

NAID AAA Certified LogoThe 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 can earn. NAID AAA Certification shows that your service provider destroys information securely and according to the highest professional and industry standards.

For a shredding and destruction provider to achieve AAA Certification, they 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 AAA Certification is given, the shredding and destruction provider receives ongoing audits that verify its compliance with NAID standards.

Security Standards

Choosing a NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction provider ensures that your company’s information destruction solution meets the highest security standards in the industry. Secure collection containers are used to collect your documents for shredding. Uniformed, trained and background-screened professionals collect, transport and destroy your information, following strict chain of custody procedures to protect your information at all times.


HIPAA, FACTA, SOX, GLB and a host of federal and state regulations require written and verifiable information destruction procedures. NAID AAA Certification prevents the loss of personally identifiable information (PII) and related non-compliance fines. You receive a Certificate of Destruction each time your documents and data are destroyed, which offers documented proof of your company’s compliance with privacy protection regulations. 

Peace of Mind

As a business owner, there are enough things to keep you up at night. NAID AAA Certification provides you with peace of mind, knowing your information is destroyed using the most secure processes available.

Whether you’re outsourcing your information destruction for the first time or reevaluating your current shredding service, choose a NAID AAA Certified provider.

CI Information Management provides NAID AAA Certified shredding solutions for businesses in Tri Cities, the Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, Hermiston, OR, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and nearly everywhere in between. For more information about our shredding and destruction services, please call us at 509-586-6090 or complete the form on this page.