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Posted Date: October 5, 2017 By: Andrew Blau

Why Your Shredding Company Needs the AAA NAID Certification

As a professional paper shredding and information destruction company, Shred One has an obligation to maintain outstanding information security practices at all levels of our business. This commitment to protecting the privacy and information security of our clients is verified by our NAID certification.

Here are some of the reasons that those searching for an information destruction services partner should always choose a AAA NAID Certified shredding company.

What is the NAID?

NAID AAA Certified logo

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is an international trade association for information destruction companies. With the goal of promoting secure and ethical business practices across the shredding industry, NAID offers a rigorous AAA Certification program allowing shredding companies to demonstrate their commitment to top-tier data security standards.

A requirement for hundreds of government offices and thousands of private contracts, NAID certification is overseen by a review board comprised of both industry veterans and current accredited professionals. The service is also recognized by leading accreditation programs such as the International Association of IT Asset Managers and the Sustainable Electronic Recycling Institute (SERI).

Why is AAA NAID Certification Important for Shredding Customers?

NAID Code of Ethics

  • Members shall not by any means engage in, nor allow the use of, statements that are false, misleading, incomplete, or likely to mislead consumers or members of the public.
  • Members shall respect the confidential nature of the customers' records and shall maintain appropriate protection to prevent any disclosure of such information except when required by law.
  • Members shall uphold and improve the integrity of the industry by affirmations of truth, fairness and professional conduct.
  • Members shall not consider or represent general office paper recycling as a form of destruction.
  • Members shall provide opportunities for the interchange of experience, opinions and knowledge through meetings, discussions and publications, for the improvement of the industry, and for the benefit of customers.
  • Members shall price their services in a manner that accurately reflects the terms of service and pricing as understood by the client.
  • Members shall promote the purpose and effectiveness of the information destruction industry by any and all means consistent with the public interest.
  • Members shall abide by Federal, State and local laws and regulations.
  • Members shall abide by, and be subject to, the By-Laws of the Association.
  • Members shall deal fairly with their customers, employees and suppliers.
  • Members shall be good corporate citizens by serving the community.
  • Members shall be honest, truthful and fair to all concerned.

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Those companies who become AAA certified must adhere to a strict code of ethics and stringent standard operating procedures. Providers must have written policies and procedures regarding all facets of the information collection and destruction process as well as incidence response preparedness and employee training. All member companies must also submit to both scheduled and random security audits to ensure continual compliance with NAID requirements.

In short, the AAA NAID Certification provides these guarantees to customers:

  • The company will be regularly audited, including scheduled AND random unannounced security audits.
  • The company's staffing practices will be overseen by a board of industry leaders who continuously scrutinize things like employee background checks and drug screenings, training, drivers licensing, regulatory compliance, security practices and confidentiality agreements.
  • The company is aligned with all proper regulations, including HIPAA, FACTA, GLBA, etc.
  • The company has all proper insurance coverages, including general liability insurance (aggregate or umbrella) of at least $2,000,000.
  • The company will train and test all access employees annually on policies and procedures in order to ensure that best practices are followed in maintaining security protections.
  • The company has pledged to uphold a strong code of ethics, including promises to always be honest and truthful, to uphold the integrity of the industry, and to always price services accurately.

Contact Shred One

For more information on why the AAA certification is a crucial aspect of any shredding business, email us or call (800) 910-4405. If you're searching for a professional shredding partner, we can also provide a free risk assessment and an estimate for our document security services.

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