The Advantages of Choosing a NAID AAA Certified Shredding Company

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. Not all shredding and destruction providers choose to earn AAA Certification. Those that do offer a distinct advantage to the customers they serve.

In this blog, we explain the advantages of choosing a NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction company.

Verified Standards

Shredding and destruction companies that seek NAID AAA Certification must be audited by an independent Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) who is accredited by the American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS). The CPP assesses the following areas:

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

If these criteria meet NAID standards, AAA Certification is awarded. The shredding and destruction provider must agree to ongoing audits to maintain their certification. NAID AAA Certification proves that a shredding and destruction provider destroys information securely and according to the highest ethical standards.


Businesses and organizations across a range of industries must comply with federal privacy laws. Partnering with a NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction provider ensures your information destruction practices align with the following federal regulations:

  • SOX
  • GLBA

Your provider issues a Certificate of Destruction after destroying your documents and data. This document proves your compliance with federal privacy laws.


Secure destruction of documents and data is the final step in ensuring the privacy of your customers and employees. A strict chain of custody must be maintained when disposing of information with personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI). A NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction provider makes sure there are no breaks in the chain of custody. They employ extensively-trained, background-screened professionals and offer secure shredding collection containers to maintain the privacy of your information.

As you can see, a NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction provider offers your business a verified, compliant, and secure privacy protection solution.

CI Information Management provides full-service records and information management throughout most of Southeastern and Central Washington state and Northeastern Oregon.

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