Don Gerard and his team at Land Shark Shredding, headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, are so much more than shredders. A more accurate description for Gerard and his capable team would be to call them professional security experts. And they take their jobs very seriously.
“We are not folks who ‘just shred’ stuff,” he said. “I mean technically, yes, we do shred stuff, but there is a lot more to what we do than just shredding. We are not a shredding company. We are a security company that happens to also shred paper.”
Any company can destroy documents and data, but not all shredding and destruction providers adhere to the same ethics and standards. In this blog, we discuss what NAID AAA Certification is and why it’s important when choosing a shredding and destruction provider.
What Is NAID?
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the international, non-profit trade association for companies providing information destruction services. NAID’s mission is to educate businesses, industry and government entities about the importance of destroying discarded information, promote the value of contract destruction services, and promote the standards and ethics of its member companies.
What is NAID AAA Certification?
NAID AAA Certification is a voluntary certification that shredding and destruction service providers can earn. To earn AAA Certification, a shredding and destruction provider must be audited by an independent Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) who is accredited by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International. The following areas are assessed during a AAA Certification audit:
- Operational and facility security
- Information destruction processes
- Employee hiring practices
NAID AAA Certified member companies must maintain a minimum amount of general liability insurance (umbrella or aggregate) of $2,000,000. They are also audited regularly to verify their ongoing compliance with NAID standards.
Because strict auditing processes are required to achieve and keep their certification, AAA Certified shredding and destruction providers implement stringent security measures. Rigorous background checks are performed on all personnel. Secure collection containers are used to collect your confidential information. Whether you choose a one-time shredding service or a scheduled shredding solution, your information is handled and destroyed within a strict chain of custody.
A NAID AAA Certified mobile shredding and destruction provider does more than just destroy your documents and media. They help your company comply with state and federal privacy regulations, including the following:
- The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA)
- The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
These laws mandate that companies who handle personally identifiable information (PII) have written and verifiable information destruction procedures.
A NAID AAA Certified mobile shredding and destruction provider helps your business meet these requirements by destroying your information onsite. Video verification systems allow you can watch the secure shredding process from start to finish. When your destruction project is complete, you receive a Certificate of Destruction.
NAID AAA Certification is the gold standard for information destruction companies. Make sure your next shredding and destruction provider is NAID AAA Certified.
Land Shark Shredding offers NAID AAA Certified on-site mobile destruction services in Bowling Green and throughout southwest Kentucky. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.
Autumn is here, and Halloween is just around the corner, but did you know October is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? It’s a great opportunity to review your data security practices. In this blog, we’re helping you get started with five cybersecurity tips:
1. Protect Your Devices
Your mobile devices allow you to work anywhere, anytime. As a result, your data is always at risk. That’s why it’s essential to make sure your devices are always protected. Password protect your laptop, tablet and smartphone, and make sure they’re equipped with the latest security software. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when connecting to public and private WiFi networks.
2. Protect Your Website
It’s not just big corporations that are hacked; every day, thousands of small businesses fall victim to malware. Unsecure websites offer an easy gateway for cybercriminals. Make sure your website is protected with a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate. SSL encrypts data going to and from your website so it can’t be stolen and misused. SSL is becoming the standard for all websites, and Google is labeling websites without it “unsecure.”
3. Be Careful When Paying at The Pump
Gas station credit card readers are often compromised with “skimmers.” These devices are attached to credit card readers in order to swipe the data from your credit card’s magnetic strip when you pay at the pump. To avoid having your credit card account hacked, pay with cash or use your card inside. The few extra minutes it takes is worth avoiding identity theft.
4. Back Up Your Data
Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Imagine having your corporate data stolen and then having to pay an enormous sum to get it back. Schedule regular backups of your business files and applications and store a duplicate copy offsite. When your backup tapes reach the end of their retention lifecycle, destroy them with an electronic/magnetic media destruction service.
5. Don’t Forget about Non-Digital Data
We’re so focused on digital information that it’s easy to forget about protecting your hard copy information. But criminals still use low-tech methods to steal confidential business data. Your trash and recycling bins are low-lying fruit.
A mobile shredding service keeps your information out of dumpsters and recycling bins. A background-screened, professional destruction specialist visits your business on a regular basis to collect and destroy your documents on-site with a state-of-the-art mobile shredding truck. Your documents are destroyed with NAID AAA Certified processes while you watch. You receive a Certificate of Destruction when your shredding project is complete.
Remember, data security awareness isn’t just for October—you can practice these tips all year long!
Land Shark Shredding offers on-site mobile destruction services in Bowling Green and throughout southwest Kentucky. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.
Kevin hard at work
On April 22nd, Land Shark Shredding partnered with local authorities to offer a day of free shredding services. “Household Hazardous Waste Day” encouraged members of our community to get their spring cleaning done and to learn about proper disposal methods. We think there’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day!
Kevin took one of our trucks to Franklin, Kentucky, and the community there shredded 5,280 pounds of paper! In Bowling Green, Brittany posted up at Greenwood High School, where we chomped through a whopping 8,920 pounds of paper! That’s a total of 14,200 pounds.
If our math is correct, that’s 7.1 tons of paper recycled. This means that, in celebration of Earth Day, the Land Shark community saved approximately:
- 119 trees
- 1,925 pounds of sulfur
- 553 gallons of oil
- 700 gallons of gasoline
- 2,450 pounds of lime
- 63,000 pounds of steam
- 49,000 gallons of water
- 28 kilowatt hours of electricity (Enough to power your home for nearly 3 years!)
- 23.1 cubic yards of landfill space
Those are stats to be proud of! South Central Kentucky has quite the green thumb, and Land Shark Shredding hopes to keep it that way! Thank you to all who came out to our Earth Day events. Stay tuned for more in the future!
Exciting new content will soon make its debut on LandSharkShredding.com!
Our friends at Harris Visual recently filmed some new promotional material with us. Hunter and Gracie are such terrific people and a joy to work with! Based on just these two still images, we cannot wait to see the finished product!
Behind the Scenes
The quality of Harris Visual’s work is Hollywood-grade. From the looks of things, Don is more than ready for his close-up!
Check out more of Harris Visual’s work at their website, and stay tuned to our social media pages for the finished product!
These slots have teeth.
NAID 2017 offered up loads of fun and insightful experiences, but this one has to take the cake. One of the casinos we visited had a SHARKNADO slot machine!
No, your eyes do not deceive you. At long last, our favorite guilty pleasure finally has its own slot machine.
This is it. America has peaked. It’s all downhill from here. Well, at least until we go back to Vegas and land the perfect winning spin. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, the “sharknado” pretty much ate up our wallets this time. But like the franchise itself, you can bet we’ll be back for a “sequel.”
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) hosts its annual conference next week. This year, data security professionals from all over the world descend on Las Vegas to share insight on the latest industry trends.
Don and Emily B. will represent Land Shark Shredding at the conference, and they can’t wait to catch up with friends and colleagues from all over!
[UPDATE]: We’ve got a few photos to share from the trip!
Day One: Don, Maura and Emily gear up for a wild week in Las Vegas, including what looks like a fun limo ride for the blind man!
Day Two: Don poses with the rest of the NAID Board of Directors.
For more info on some of the cool things going on at #NAID2017, check out the NAID Newsroom.
Further proof that our boss is the coolest! Last weekend, Don traveled to Seaside, Florida to participate in the Seaside School Half Marathon. Seaside is the boss’s favorite travel destination so getting him to run here was a no-brainer! Don finished the half-marathon with a time of 2 hours and 17 minutes! From what he tells us, his effort was rewarded with plenty of R&R on the beach.
We’re all so proud of you, boss! Just promise to bring the rest of us along on the next trip. Call it “team bonding.”
Getting a jump-start on your spring cleaning? Land Shark Shredding can help! If you follow us on social media, then you are familiar with our “community shred days.” Infrequent as these events are, you needn’t wait for one to shred with us.
As always, you can reach our office with questions by calling (270) 793-0880 locally or 1-800-53-SHRED toll-free!