What is NAID AAA Certification and Why Is It So Important?

How would you choose a reputable data destruction company for your business? Forbes indicates that 92% of consumers trust friend and family recommendations over all forms of advertising. 64% of marketing executives believe word of mouth is the most effective form of marketing. When you search out a service provider, what sources of information do you trust most?

  • The service provider’s promises?
  • Consumer’s reviews?
  • Critics’ reviews?
  • Social media?
  • Family and friends’ experiences?
  • A third party certification?

A combination of all of these is the result of a good researcher. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an unbiased reputable third-party organization that you could trust to certify data destruction companies? Let’s look at the design and reputation of one such certification; the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) AAA Certification.

NAID AAA Certification

Founded in 1994, NAID (now i-SIGMA) was designed to be the watchdog association for secure data destruction worldwide. i-SIGMA verifies that a data destruction vendor meets the strict information disposal standards established under their AAA NAID Certification. i-SIGMA is a non-profit organization that sets standards that fulfill regulatory compliance requirements like HIPAA, FACTA, SOX, GLB, FERPA, CFAA, and state laws that implement Personally Identifiable Information (PII) legislation.

Being an i-SIGMA member is voluntary and does not mean the vendor is NAID AAA Certified, but it is a prerequisite of certification. A review board evaluates a data destruction vendor based on a physical audit, to see if it meets the strict level of standards required. There are over 1,000 NAID AAA Certified locations available globally, making it the most recognized and accepted data destruction operation available.

Selecting a NAID AAA Certified Company

When you find a data destruction company that offers the services you want, knowing they are NAID AAA Certified will instantly confirm that your company will remain compliant with all PII laws. A Certificate of Destruction will be issued each time your data is destroyed and disposed of.

Richards & Richards offers NAID AAA Certified business shredding, residential shredding, hard drive shredding and media destruction, and product destruction. You can even witness our secure destruction process. We are SSAE-16 Audit Compliant, Better Business Bureau A+ Rated, and have been serving the Nashville area for 34 years.

If you would like more information or a quote, just give us a call at 615-242-9600 or complete the form on this page. We look forward to hearing from you!

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