Benefits of Working with a CSDS Professional

What is a Certified Secure Destruction Specialist (CSDS®)?

CSDS LogoThe CSDS program is a professional accreditation issued by NAID, the 20-year-old, non-profit watchdog organization for the secure destruction industry. To earn the accreditation, individuals must prove they have a high degree of competency in a range of data protection regulatory and compliance issues as well as a thorough understanding of physical and operational security.

Why work with a CSDS?

The secure destruction of records and data has become a complicated process over the past decade. With constantly evolving data protection laws, service provider qualifications, media, and policy development and training requirements, designing a compliant program requires a level of expertise not available in most organizations. It is now critical that you work with someone who understands your responsibilities and theirs.

For instance, did you know?

  • 48 states now have laws mandating specific training of employees regarding reporting of potential data breaches to affected individuals as well as regulators.
  • Health care organizations now need new contracts with their data destruction companies.
  • Specific information included in a certificate of destruction will maximize their legal benefit.
  • Data protection regulations now require written policies and training for employees.
  • Many new types of computer hard drives cannot be overwritten or magnetically degaussed.
  • Organizations can take preventive action to minimize the consequences of a data breach.

Improper data disposal puts an organization at risk

Prior to 2008, there were few if any regulatory fines for improper data disposal. Since then, in an attempt to curtail the growth of identity theft, millions of dollars in fines have been assessed. Newspapers and broadcast media routinely report incidences of improper disposal. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is now actively training the staff of states’ attorneys general to look for improper disposal of certain types of data.

A CSDS keeps up on data destruction requirements

There is no question that data destruction requirements will continue to evolve. That’s why CSDS professionals are required to continue their education of data protection laws and other changes that will affect their customers. Because they are staying informed, you’re better protected.

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CSDS competencies

  • Data protection legislation
  • NAID certification
  • Physical and operational security
  • Records management principles
  • Contracts and insurance
  • Data protection principles
  • Data destruction systems
  • Employee compliance

About NAID®

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the non-profit watchdog organization for the secure data destruction industry founded in 1994. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information by promoting the standards and ethics of its members.