Why NAID AAA Certification is Important

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.

Regulatory Compliance

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.

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