NAID AAA Certification: Our Credentials Should Matter to You

When you’re shopping vendors, most will talk about their credentials and certifications, their processes and procedures, and why a few extra acronyms or letters attached to the end of a business designation makes them the most qualified choice, but many will not explain to you the inner workings of those certifications and why they benefit you. Did you know that Augusta Data Storage is the ONLY  document destruction service provider in the CSRA with NAID AAA Certification? Since 2009 Augusta Data Storage has maintained their strict compliance to NAID’s certification program, and we’re the only locally owned and operated vender who can bring this highly secure process to your organization, for both mobile and plant-based destruction solutions.That’s not because the certification carries little weight, or because it doesn’t matter, it’s actually just the opposite. NAID AAA certification is a stringent certification process that requires strict management of facility access, shredding procedures and practices, and subjects the service provider to planned and unplanned audits at any time. But, as a consumer, you’re probably wondering why that matters to you.


Who is NAID?
NAID is the National Association for Information Destruction. They are the international trade association for companies providing information destruction services. NAID’s mission is to promote the information destruction industry and the standards and ethics of its member companies.


Why Work with NAID Certified Vendors?
Aside from protecting your business assets, did you know that working with NAID AAA Certified service providers help you fulfill legal requirements for businesses managing and handling proprietary information? Thats right! By law, you are required to maintain certain practices for secure destruction of company records in accordance with legal due diligence requirements related HIPPA, FACTA, and The Graham Leach Bliley Act. Working with companies who maintain the high standards established by NAID means working with a company who is required to maintain high standards across all facets of their operation including hiring practices, facility security, and equipment maintenance.


Who monitors NAID Certified Vendors?
NAID’s certification program was developed by information security professionals and recognized by thousands of private and governmental organizations around the world. Because of the far reaching expectations of this certification, NAID conducts over 700 announced and unannounced audits every year to ensure that their certified vendors maintain consistently secure practices all year. NAID certification auditors verify that protocols are in place to ensure the security of confidential material throughout all stages of the destruction process such as handling, transporting, storing materials prior to destruction, and destroying and disposing of materials responsibly. This also includes any transfer of custody scenarios.


Why are we certified?
At Augusta Data Storage, we know that our certification allows us to better serve our clients and provides a framework for us to manage and monitor our document destruction practices, but our customers are the real reason we push to maintain our high levels of compliance. We understand that the privacy and security of your business’ information is a top priority, especially as the value of information continues to climb for hackers, identity thefts, and those looking to commit fraud. The ultimate beneficiary of our NAID AAA certification is the customers. By placing their trust in our processes, they know exactly what level of service they will receive: service that maintains the highest level of integrity and security through compliance to NAID’s strict certification standards.