Why “NAID Certified” Matters with Hard Drive Destruction

A small, recently released study commissioned in Australia by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) should serve as a cautionary tale for hard drive destruction in the United States.

The study found that of the 52 used, randomly purchased hard drives examined, 15 still contained information including pornographic material, personal photos and videos, bank statements, court case documents, client personal information, email correspondence and client health information, among other things. One drive was even identified as belonging to a Justice of the Peace!

Indeed, a quick search on eBay for “used computer hard drives” nets a search result of 68,283 listings. Many say they are “wiped” clean. But are they?

If nearly 30% of the hard drives examined in the Australian study still had information, imagine extrapolating that number to cover all the hard drives improperly disposed of in the United States. The personal data floating around out there is ripe for the picking.

Which is why it is important to have a NAID approved company handling your hard drive destruction. Free hard drive destruction is not really free if it is not handled and documented properly. It could end up costing quite a bit if information gets into the wrong hands.

The NAID AAA Certification program offers the following benefits:

  • The program was developed by industry professionals and is recognized around the world.
  • NAID auditors have earned accreditation from ASIS International.
  • NAID certification auditors verify that protocols are in place to ensure the security of confidential material throughout all stages of the destruction process.
  • An extensive background check ensures that no individual with a known history of related crimes will be handling confidential material.
  • Certified companies participate in an unannounced audit program.
  • The Certification Review Board keeps a close eye on certified companies.

This short video, Beyond the Claims and Promises, explains the value of NAID certification.

Secure On-Site Shredding is AAA Certified by NAID for hard drive destruction. Contact us to find out more.

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